Stepping outside of a routine brings a deeper awareness.
Today, I practiced yoga with the intent to focus on what I was feeling. I tried keeping my eyes closed so I could stay focused. Although, the instructor demonstrated several poses I have never done before, so I kept my eyes open long enough to get the instruction, and then turned closed them.
How ironic, he asked if we were feeling frustrated or mad. I guess, I was not the only one who was experiencing some frustration. I struggled just trying to get into the pose let alone hold it.
He questioned, “if you are feeling irritated, is this a familiar pattern that arises when you don’t get what you want?“
Our emotions contain valuable information if we are patient enough to embrace them.
The lotus pose is THE most important posture.
In this posture, I set my intention, solidifying the foundation for the rest of the class.
After I set my intention, there is a party of monkeys jumping in my head, all wanting a piece of my attention.
Applying the Ujjayi breath. A Sanskrit word meaning “victorious breath” will help bring your concentration back to your practice.
Its a constricted breath, breathing in an out of the nostrils. Some call it the “Darth Vader” breath or the “ocean” breath.
(Try whispering really loud. This will give you an idea of what the constriction feels like in the back of your throat.)
This style of breathing allows you to hear your breath and helps to calm the mind, bringing your attention within. It also helps to warm your body’s core, and prepare you for your asana practice.