So here is my blog post that I promised on one of the three most important things to consider in your yoga practice. When I say yoga practice you can take it that I also mean Life! It’s all one and the same in a way as everything is connected.
As I mentioned before your alignment is key in yoga, as it brings your body into the right position (for you), muscles are being used correctly, your joints are kept safe and energy is flowing as it should. Your breathing should be easy too as this is basically your Life Force and as it’s name suggests it feeds your body with Life (very important!). Now it’s time to check if you are present in the posture, present with you.
So before I talk about yoga, think about your day so far. How much time were you thinking about what you had to do next or what you should have done yesterday? Or were you daydreaming about the future or worse, worrying about it? Was your mind on the past – you could have been remembering ” the good old times” or maybe regretting something that you did? How much of today were you actually in the present moment – totally present in the here and now? You may find out that it was very little! By the way the present moment is where the MAGIC lies….
So your yoga practice should be a time you give to yourself to be in the present moment. The postures are bringing your body into alignment which has a knock on effect on your mind and vice versa. When you are totally present (with you), there are no thoughts or feelings to disturb you and therefore you will find an ease and peace in your mind. As the state of your mind directly (and instantly) affects your body it makes sense to find that peace by being present in the now. When you are truly present you have no worries, no fear and no doubt – it all disappears – and I don’t know about you but I think that’s worth going for!
So how do you stay present in your yoga postures? Well for a start, do it for you. By that I mean do not be concerned about anyone else in the class, don’t compare your practice to anyone else’s – none of that matters a jot. Learn to have awareness of what is going on with your own body whilst it is in the posture and how it feels, and if any thoughts and feelings come up just look at them – observe them and let them go. Don’t judge yourself at all, be kind to yourself and enjoy the moment – that will bring you into the now!
Here’s Eckhart Tolle who is the author of the book The Power of Now, talking to Oprah about being in the present moment. This is now often referred to as Mindfulness.
Until my next post…