If only I could approach my life the way I approach a yoga class, maybe that would make me happy….
I approach my yoga classes with strong intention: To take a full hour to quiet my mind and strengthen my body and soul. I walk in, turn off my phone and step onto the mat knowing I will focus only on my own well being for the duration of the class. I always leave a class feeling refreshed and calm which is the state I wish I could enjoy more often than I do these days. Much like life in general, I have a deep respect for yoga even though I am still a beginning student even after over a decade of attending classes. Even though I have a strong desire to dive deeper and study the roots of yoga, I seem to stay at the surface of the practice and enjoy the shallow benefits that I can feel within a one hour class.
I love the idea of a group of people gathering with positive intentions in a peaceful way to achieve wellness. I like the idea of yoga for the same reasons I like the idea of observing the Sabbath. When you remove the religion and culture from both, the basic goal of each are pure in nature and focus on gathering with like minded people to pay resect to yourself and those around you. Both practices can be easily translated to our current life situation and both allow practitioners to slow down, unplug and get back to basics. All of this is what I need more of in my life, but the challenge is being able to contain the feeling I have during a yoga class and translate it to my life in general.
I can fall pretty deep into my mind during a class, and I’m always trying to be mindful of what my body is telling me. Also much like life, the minute I take my attention off of myself and try to catch a glimpse of what others are accomplishing I loose my balance and then my focus…or is it the other way around? Learning to keep my focus and keep my intentions clear and pure will serve me well in my yoga practice and in turn in my life in general. So, having yoga in my life may get me closer to living a more yoga life.