One blustery day I was attending a yoga class and feeling quite keyed up and distracted. At the start of class, the teacher commented that there was a sense of restlessness in the room, perhaps because of the windy weather. She abandoned her class plan and we began with more energetic work to dispel this frenetic energy. It worked a treat.
Recently I have had that sense of my mind jumping about, and a feeling of being scattered...and we have had windy weather. Coincidence or not, it reminds me that my yoga practice is the antidote. But the funny thing is, it has been difficult to discipline myself to take the cure. Excuses abound.
In Monday’s class, toward the end, as people settled for Savasana, I remembered I had not introduced the theme as I usually do at the start. So I briefly did so then. Following on from Sutra 1.1 last week is 1.2, the definition of yoga: Yoga citta vriti nirodahah. Yoga is the ability to direct the mind exclusively toward an object and sustain that direction, without distraction. And yes, I did see the irony in it! I got onto my mat the next morning and afterward felt a sense of being calm and refreshed. Scattered energy successfully distilled, like magic!
Ruth teaches yoga in Cheltenham UK, weaving yoga philosophy into the asana practice to help students connect yoga on the mat to their lives off the mat.