|There's tea in the waiting room before & after class.|
I thought I'd share today a couple memorable gems from my yoga instructors today.
"You can't force your body to relax, but you can invite it to."
I've had trouble sleeping lately (I think it has to do with too much screen time before bed), and I've found when I get worked up about not falling asleep right away, it only makes things worse. That's when I remember this quote, and focus on relaxing different parts of my body and my breath* and it can really help me fall asleep.
*Breath is very important in yoga. If yoga places had liquor licenses, I'd propose drinking every time an instructor says breath.
"Shed the negative dialogue."
One of my teachers is really into this concept and at first it sounds cliché but I actually really like it.
Then, there's life in general, when it's so easy to have a sound track of negative thoughts playing in the back of your mind, which can be, of course, limiting. But sometimes we get so used to them we're practically immune to the self-negativity -- and shedding those thoughts is so freeing.
|the waiting room over looks a (now frozen) Lake Monona|
So, there you have it, my friends, one of the least-likely people to say "OM" in the entire world learning something from yoga. :) Physically, it also has made me pretty sore (teacher-dependent) on days. Overall, I'm really enjoying the mental aspects more than I anticipated of practicing regularly. Wishing you a happy weekend! Namaste, homies.