“I think that we are like stars. Something happens to burst us open; but when we burst open and think we are dying; we’re actually turning into a supernova. And then when we look at ourselves again, we see that we’re suddenly more beautiful than we ever were before!” ― C. JoyBell C.
This will be short, sweet and to the point, just like today's class!
I used to practice workouts like this one at least once a week when I started my yoga practice, and over time, as I carved out more and more time to devote to yoga, I've let these quick classes kind of fall to the wayside.
As one does. As things change as time goes by. It's totally normal and totally ok.
But it's a shame really, because these quick classes can really be powerful, and have a long lasting burn that a longer class doesn't have.
Physiologically I mean. HIIT workouts are shown to burn more calories, improve cardiovascular health, and build greater muscular strength and endurance in a shorter amount of time.
So, all of that to say that you, and I, should schedule more classes like this into our lives. Especially on busy days. Everyone has 15 minutes they can devote to their health. Tell me I'm wrong...
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
Good morrow, dear friend!
When you move on your yoga mat, and as you move through your life off of the mat, do you pay attention to your internal environment?
Do you ever pause, take stock, and notice the thoughts that flit through your brain?
Do you identify with these thoughts, or attach feelings, beliefs, or meaning to them?
Or do you let them flow on their way?
Like the clouds across the sky.
With today's practice, I encourage you to become aware of the thoughts as they flow through your mind, and open your heart to love and kindness.
For yourself, as you move through your life.
For others, as they move through theirs, and in and out of yours.
For each and every being on the planet, that exists as you do. Today we choose empathy, kindness.
Let it sink in, embody it, and let it open you in ways that change you.
Don't worry, don't be scared. Your yoga practice is here to support you, and change is a beautiful thing.
“The end is in the beginning and lies far ahead.” ― Ralph Ellison
Every once in a while I think it important to stop and take stock of where you're at, what you've accomplished, and where you're going.
This could be at any moment, with a reflection on any aspect of your life. It could be your relationship with your spouse, how far you've come since your first day teaching, how much progress you've made on your weight loss journey, or something much shorter like what you've been able to do since yesterday!
But the pause is necessary. Why? Because without the pause you will continue moving full speed ahead and, likely, will miss out on all of the progress you've made!
Because society tells us that we're not doing enough if we're not always doing.
But, sometimes, simply being is ENOUGH. Existing in this moment is a miraculous thing. And yet we ignore it because we're still HERE and not yet THERE; there being the goal location.
Here is a pretty damn cool place though, believe it or not.
Here is where all the fun things happen. Not there. Nothing actually happens there.
Because once we are there, we are actually here, striving to reach another there.
So with today's free class, I invite you to put on your observer's shoes and be present to the progress that you have made.
Maybe this is your first time hitting the mat! This is a great way to start tracking your progress! Come back to this class later and see how you've grown.
Or maybe you have been practicing with me for a while now, in which case, thank you. But also how can you be more present in this class and practice being here and not there, hm?
Practice being intentional and let me know what profound insights you ignite!