Day # 21. I Was Asked, What Are You Feeling?

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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.

Day # 13. Hocus Pocus I Have Focus

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Balancing postures have always been my biggest challenge.  I used to get so frustrated.

In this posture, I wobbled just raising one foot off the ground. If I could successfully get past the wobble, I hurried through the forward bend, and landed in a yoga pose called “Balancing Stick.” I was lucky if I could hold this pose for one to two seconds.

Learning to apply focus with each move was the key to locating a sense of balance. Standing on two feet, raising both arms above the head, and behind the ears, then bending at the hips while raising one leg behind you, and keeping the standing leg Quadracept and abdomen engaged, and continually coming forward until both the arms and the leg are parallel with the ground. Viola! . Never breaking focus is the magic! I am now able to hold this pose a good 30 seconds.

Focus is the key to success, not only on the mat, but off the mat too.

Center your attention on focus and watch the magic unfold.

 

 

 

 

 

DAY #3. What Was Old is Now New

5f65e376-d787-405b-b07f-4da3b82131fdAs I move through each yoga posture, I am reminded that my postures have become routine.  I have been going through the motions but the benefits have waned.

It’s my commitment to stay focused that’s given life back to my practice.

Just getting into a posture and holding it until I am instructed to move into the next posture is important, but so much more can be gained by being focused.

When I am focused on MY practice; I don’t compare myself to what other yogis and yoginis are doing, I see where my posture can use fine tuning,  I notice when I am holding my breath and creating resistance, and  I recognize at what point I can cause injury to myself.

It’s like walking into the classroom for the very first time. Everything is new and exciting.

There is so much to be gained by being present and focused.

As my friend LouAnn Thomas says, “In-joy the journey.”

If you are just now tuning in, you can go back to read my post on Dec. 31st.  (A New Resolution) explaining my challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day # 1 This is where I am.

You must take inventory of where you are, to know where you want to be.

If you wish to join me,  where are you?

As we age, its more important than ever before to get up and move the body.

If your work keeps your tushy in a chair, like mine, you will notice how achy, stiff and sore your body gets when you don’t incorporate movement in your daily routine.

The areas that are currently grabbing my attention are my shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.

Since our body works synergistically from head to toe, all movement will reap benefits, except the ones that cause you pain. Be mindful and don’t go where your body is not ready to go.

I am focusing on just a few postures for the purpose of monitoring change.  I have chosen some basic yoga poses, demonstrating that change doesn’t have to be complicated or extravagant. I am including one advance pose just to see if I can master it.

You can read my post on Dec. 31st.  (A New Resolution) explaining my challenge.