Friday, June 7, 2013

This Week in Practice

Practice this week was a bit of a struggle.  I had a hard time being present on the mat, instead choosing to focus on the million and one other things I could be doing.  Yoga isn't always easy.  Facing what comes up on the mat isn't always a treat.  Not to mention the physical aspect of Ashtanga is just plain hard.

I managed to knock myself out of this rut this morning by taking a moment to quiet my mind before starting.  While I stood at the top of my mat with my hands together in prayer, I set the intention to just BE.  Be present for each and every moment without judgement or attachment.  Sure, the familiar refrain of "I really don't feel like doing this" came rushing to the surface.  This time, however, I acknowledged it and let it go.  Practice turned out to be 2 hours and 15 minutes of a joyful and sweaty flow - my favorite kind.  As I lay in savasana, I promised myself I'd work harder on making this attitude more of a permanent feature in my life.

A girl can dream, right?

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