I was mentioning in some of the classes this week about a "weekly opportunity" or "weekly challenge" that I sometimes leave with students with something for you to consider in your daily lives outside the studio rooms. If you would like to join us in some of these challenges, please feel free to. I would love to hear your feedback on them.
I am going to try to make it a weekly thing to keep going for a bit and seei what happens.
So this week I have been chatting a bit about the history of yoga and how the asana - poses - came to be. Originally there were only a handful - maybe eight postures, and most of them were seated. But at some point, if you have ever sat on the floor for any length of time, it can be challenging.
So somehow these sages created additional series of movements to help prepare the body for longer holds. The belief is if we can work out some of the aches and stresses of the body and slow the mind and thoughts down by focusing on different areas, then it would be in a better state for deeper meditation and awareness. Most yoga classes end the class with a few minutes resting on the floor or seated being still.
This weeks challenge is to go back to the roots of yoga poses. Simply sit down someplace, anyplace and close your eyes. Take ten deep inhale and exhale breathes. You can use your fingers to count them out. And when you are done, open your eyes and move on. Think of it as a simple pause. A chance to turn the world off, for a moment, and just breathe it in.
DO WITH CAUTION: Please don't do this while you're behind the wheel of a vehicle!
Try practicing it just once, or, if you are so inclined, everyday for the next week. It doesn't have to be done at any specific point. Sometimes randomly is nice, just before bed, or upon awakening from sleep. I personally enjoy doing this midday some place outside while the weather is nice, enjoying facing towards sunlight.
Sound simple enough? It is my hope that these offerings or challenges are opportunities to take some of these spiritual/universal truths and nuggets and make them digestible for anyone. So have a seat. Get down on your ass-ana and breathe it all in!