“Yoga is not a work-out. It is a work-in.”
I went to yoga class the other morning. I needed a good stretch after the whole day in a downhill mountain bike park. That morning I absolutely had to go because my shoulder/neck area had given me grief with a sharp shooting pain the whole night. Excessive amount of painkillers, a couple of hours of massaging, ice packing, cream applying and stretching really helped my sleep that night.
The yoga teacher opened up her class with a message that our inner selves are separate from our human body. She described our “selves” as passengers on the train and how this train takes us through various places until we reach our final destination. This opening definitely reminded me of my blog name (and the fact that I haven’t written anything for a while). We are all train passengers and we have an ability to observe our feelings, emotions, life and be in the moment. Things are not stagnant, they pass and we are observers.
I like yoga classes of this kind. I was easily able to relay to this teacher’s message. However, one person stood up and left at the beginning of her class. And I felt for that person too.
I never really understood yoga and its meaning for awhile. I was looking at it from the physical point of you – stretching, strength, balance. I was avoiding any meditation yoga type classes because of the unknown and potential religion connection to it. I honestly thought that it was also dangerous in a way. Little did I know.
I only experienced the spiritual side of yoga when I learnt about body energies and how important they are. Feeling your energy pass through your body and being able to control its flow was absolutely eye opening.
It is truly magical to feel energy flow to your toes and fingers, certain muscles. How simple but significant it is to let your breath expand your lungs and let that breathe go to the body parts that bother you.
That class reminded me of all the yoga powers out there. By bringing awareness to my shoulder and letting breath go there definitely helped me relax and listen. It is still a bizarre concept to “listen to your body”, separating it from your self. I had no clue how my shoulder was going to feel that night but it was not tight any more when I woke up next morning.
I do not do yoga as often as I should. I definitely need to practice awareness and breathing exercise more on a daily basis. We do get so caught up with out jobs, lives, relationships, issues and daily matters, then we forget who we truly are and what our essence is. Living in the present, practicing gratitude and being an observer are the key to living a fulfilling, less stressful life. I just need to go to yoga classes more often to remind myself about that.