At the end of September, I mentioned how I'd be starting some regular yoga classes for a few weeks and now I'm sad to say, the session is soon coming to an end. I have loved my yoga classes, and I've loved having them one evening a week. The class was just under 10 people (two of them, I knew unexpectedly!) with a great teacher, and everyone seemed to be there for the same experience: just to feel better and more enhanced in our busy lives. If I had an unexceptionally busy work day or was just feeling some extra tension, I knew I could look forward to yoga later that night and I would feel a bit better. Here are a few things yoga has taught me that perhaps can be of help to you, too!:
- Relax and drop the shoulders to release tension
I never realized how much I was doing this until I tried it out. I instantly felt more relaxed.
- Breathe deeply and easily
- Focus on a still object to rejuvenate clarity
- Relax the jawline and tongue
This sounds a bit funny, but after it was pointed out I noticed how much more at ease I was feeling and became less jittery.
- When your mind starts to feel "cluttered", bring it back and focus on your deep breathing
(I find this especially helpful if you're somewhere like a crowded subway and feeling overwhelmed. I usually listen to music, close my eyes and concentrate on my breathing)
- Stretch as far as your body will let you; don't force it
- Stay in the moment: feel connected to the ground when standing and reach for the skies when stretching upwards
In a few classes, our teacher had this small soothing table lamp I loved that glowed such a relaxing light. I had to ask her at the end of the class where she got it (Ikea!) She would also come around at the end of class while we were in savasana position (lying down quietly on our mats, eyes closed) and rub some lovely lavender and peppermint oils on our shoulders. You left feeling any tension released with a whiff of a calming scent.
I'm so sad that yoga classes are coming to an end that I'm thinking of signing up again in the new year. Maybe it can help get me out of my usual post Christmas, dead-of-winter funk?
To help keep the "yoga feeling" going, I found this CD in a local pharmacy and couldn't resist it when I listened to some preview tracks. I can't wait to try it out tonight!
What are your thoughts on yoga, have you tried it before? Loved it or not so much for you? Lemme know! ~~ Namaste! :)