At the end of every yoga class, the teacher guides students into Savasana (corpse pose) and almost as quick as most people’s head hit their mat, there are some getting up to leave (you know who you are!). What is it about Savasana that makes so many people want to leave before even getting into this pose? Most people don’t even realise it is a pose! Many teachers have said it, and I would agree, it is the most difficult pose to master. Savasana gives your body and mind an opportunity to process what just happened during class. Getting up and leaving before you have a chance to absorb the practice kind of defeats the whole point of showing up.
I have never been one for New Years resolutions, but recently in talking to a friend of mine, she told me that she loves this time of year because it allows her to look back on the year that was and reflect on the year to come. This got me thinking as well. We all go through December wound up and full of stress. Short on time and overindulging. It almost seems inevitable. The coming of a new year sparks a signal in many people that a change is necessary.
I, like many, practice yoga on a fairly regular basis. For me fairly regular means at least 6 classes a week most times more than that. I feel guilty if I miss a day. Recently I took part in a yoga challenge at my home studio and completed 40 classes in 30 continuous days. While that may seem like a lot to some, it seemed fairly average to me. When it was all said and done, my body was telling me something. It was telling me not in a quiet whisper but rather an aggressive yell, “HEY DUMMY, I NEED A REST!”
Today I practiced my yoga in the middle of the trails that run through the Kortright Centre. When I say that I practiced my yoga you might assume a physical asana practice, however I did no asana at all.
Mindfulness is a state of active open attention on the present. It is a focus, without judgement, on your thoughts and feelings at any given time. Recently, I started doing something that seems so small and inconsequential but that has actually had a great influence on my yoga practice.
As I write this, I am sitting in a field at the Wayhome Music and Arts Festival having just finished an asana practice. I have never before practiced my yoga in front of so many people (not including a studio or an event where yoga is why everyone is there).
Living in Canada, the majority of our year is spent inside warm buildings that protect us from the harsh elements Mother Nature throws at us. Now, however, the sun is shining, the warmth has returned and the outside world is calling.
It is next to impossible to get through the day without thousands of distractions bombarding us. Cell phones, computers, televisions, cars, traffic, your job, your family, and on and on and on….. All of the things that make up our day to day make up a small piece of us, and they are leading more and more to the majority of the population holding in massive amounts of stress.
In honour of our 1st pillar BE HEALTHY and our 3rd pillar LIVE GREEN members of the MYM community will be sharing a healthy recipe each month. Click on the link below for our Studio Manager and Moksha Teacher Sara’s recipe for this month.
This April, Moksha and Modo Yoga studios are once again undertaking their grow your yoga campaign. Having never undertaken a yoga challenge before, it seemed like a great endeavor to participate in. Do 30 consecutive days of yoga, participate in different activities to get stamps on your bingo card and win prizes. Well, that seems pretty easy right?