I began the class asking the question, "What would life be like if you moved through each of your daily activities and commitments the same way you approached your yoga practice? What if you brought the same awareness and purpose, how would life start to shift?" The class moved with focus and intention. I lead the students through the postures spending time in the approach, the foundation, the lift up into each pose, and the release out of each pose. It was a hard class, in a heated room, and the energy was full of intensity, dedication, passion, and love.
I have no idea if any of the students in that class walked back into the world and applied the same detailed focus to any of their daily actions, but I am clear that for the hour we were together there was integrity and life was full. Your practice on the mat is a reflection of how you live your life, so remember... It’s yoga practice, not yoga perfect.
Choose a ritual that you will perform with integrity and awareness every day. It can be a meditation practice, brushing your teeth, or your commute to work. See if you can stay present, using breath or other tools to stay in the moment of that ritual. Take the time to reflect, notice if the ritual becomes more enjoyable, perhaps being in the moment of the ritual allowed for new ideas and possibilities to arise, was anything created?
Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens
Rocking Chair by audiafauna
Hold Back the River by James Bay