Yoga is really a time to spend trying to work out what it is that I need to stretch and what angles I need to align in my body in order to let go of tension. The yoga poses really work on calming the mind through focusing on either working out how to do a posture or having good pain like when stretching a muscle that has been tensed up for most of my life.
When I started with Polly it was simply just trying to make at least a class a week whenever I could fit it in and went to all of the different levels of class and then started to regularly attend Tuesday night men's class. The men's class helped take away that feeling of being self-conscious while practicing an art that can never be perfect. Early in we did do head stands in class, but the class is really focused on simple postures that help to get everything into alignment. What I now understand is that taking the time to learn from the beginning through a course or a weekend workshop really helps progress rather than just randomly attending classes.
Besides having a good wind down through yoga, I found that it has helped me with lifting weights at the gym. Without yoga, I used to end up getting really out of alignment and having back and neck pain after a while. I am far more conscious when I am in the gym about how I lift and engaging core strength through posture.
I really recommend doing an introductory course at the school. It is the best way to learn.
A series of new introductory courses are open for booking. Follow this link to the web page for new students.
Recently I have the privilege of welcoming Russell into the teaching body of the school. Day to day, week to week over the last 5 years I have watched and walked alongside him. Yoga as pilgrimage is the phrase that comes to mind. When we go in search of new or expanded meaning about ourselves, or a higher good - through experience - the journey is called a pilgrimage. When we learn the practice of yoga as pilgrimage it is a journey of encountering powerlessness and at the same time inner strength, confidence and great clarity and purpose.
“As soon as there is stopping, there is happiness. There is peace. When we stop like that, it looks as if nothing is happening, but in fact everything is happening. You are deeply established in the present moment, and you touch your cosmic body. You touch eternity. There is no more restlessness, no more seeking.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Until you experience it, you can’t believe that pressing into your feet in dog pose can affect your mind – in a calming way!