Typically, the yoga classes I gravitate to the most are active, physically challenging, and fast. That way, my mind doesn’t have time to get distracted. Slower, deeper, practices scared me. What if my mind wandered too far to catch it? I still have many yoga insecurities and doubts regarding my practice, worthiness, and if I’m good enough to myself to be a yogi.
I went to my first Yin class today and that was really a nice treat.
I didn’t know what to expect other than “deeper postures.” The room was lined with mirrors and at one point, far into the 80 minute class, I caught my eye on my reflection. Sitting in posture, perfectly, was my reflection staring back at me.
I remember seeing a picture of a yoga instructor posing in this particular yoga posture and thinking that it was completely insane that a person should have that kind of flexibility… To cross and stack one’s knees on top of each other while the opposite feet rest flat on the ground – you know, typical pretzel move… That was beyond my comprehension to even imagine attempting the pose, let alone, here I was. Sitting in stillness, perfectly aligned and easily resting in the very pose.
I LOVE MOMENTS LIKE THIS. When I have proven myself wrong and proven that I’m stronger or more capable to do something I previously told myself that I COULDN’T do – AND I DID IT!!!
Following my Easter movie “date” with my brother (where I inhaled the box of whoppers and a soda) I headed straight to the Scottsdale studio for vinyasa flow — two classes in one day, who’s a lucky girl??? You may not think that Sean Kingston has anything to offer a flow class but you are mistaken! He actually has some songs where he doesn’t say “shawty.” I did not know that. And those songs perfectly play through postures and prana!
In all, today was a fabulous day for me – it only wasn’t perfect because I over steamed my kale and it lost all crunchiness and took on the consistency of lousy, old spinach. Far beneath the dignity of such a crunchy, powerhouse of a leafy veggie. Plan B for dinner wasn’t too gnarly – I caved in to my craving of dill havarti, stone ground mustard, and rice wafer crackers. And a (big) glass of white wine. AAAAAH! I can’t be sad for Monday following today’s Sunday!
Sean Kingston plus vinyasa – I recommend that you try it. And… challenge your personal naysayer.