As a blissfully married mother of 2 little boys I wasn't seeking out anything more than the occasional afternoon of stretching and guided meditation when I signed up with the school. It would have been smack in the middle of the first day of my weekend start up that I had a glimpse into the actual depth these lessons/classes were about to take me within myself and I was instantly curious what a life with yoga would appear like.
I would describe myself as bubbly, happy, level headed, content with life person who would be grasping to find any issues or dilemmas that I may need to work through in my work or home situations, anything really to cause any mental anguish.
It was in the introduction to the school that my head took a crazy, spiralled turn that caught me off guard, my mind rebelling to the idea of being explored almost, rapid thoughts and a struggle to keep internally still. Every negative emotion almost greeted me at once and I knew each and every one of them but almost as if they had been hidden within all this time, playing their part, carrying out their roles in disguise and I hadn't even realised they existed. I questioned a lot about myself, my relationships/situations now and past that day.
It was great to have my mum join me, she is the person who aside from my husband knows me best. She has been watching my mind click over from the days I explored my very first emotions. We would leave class and then just talk, discuss, ramble even about the finer points of class that really resonated with us. Polly seemed to speak as though she understood the journey we were just beginning personally and it was incredibly comforting as though we were headed in the right direction. I have been attending twice a week now for just over a month, I have spent more time with my thoughts then ever before (and I have always considered myself a deep thinker) I am challenging myself and my normal, the very person I present as and who I am inside and with each week, each class I am merging the two and continually exploring. I am learning in and out of class, my very imprint on this world and this school has given me a vice, it has become a tool in bettering/discovering the very being that I am.
Yoga is the lay persons neuroscience - Yogis have known for centuries that there are layers of mental activity that can be harnessed and directed. When attention becomes concentration and concentration establishes a pause between the rise and fall of thoughts, we arrive into a state known as meditation. The interconnections between the layers of consciousness create the conditions for wisdom.. it arises in the pause, in the interruption of habitual thought.
“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
Yoga provides a context in which teens, living in a sea of peer pressure, performance stress and emotional change, learn restraint and self reflective awareness. This course for teenagers aged between 12 and 15 years of age, will both challenge and nourish them.