There were such moments of transformation last week, so we continue to work with this theme. Monday’s class contained cycles of vinyasas and sun greetings of varying intensity, with inspirational quotes peppered in here and there to provide points for reflection. I could hear the breath connection throughout.
In other classes last week, we visualised our movements as if a seconds hand on a clock (some younger folks may struggle with that one...not digital!) The intention was to maintain an even speed throughout the entire movement, so students were asked to notice if they tended to rush through the hard parts. I could see discoveries being made as they worked out what needs to change to keep quality and even pace through the challenges. Which muscles need to be more engaged? Where can tension be released? Does a modification need to be taken (e.g. knees down)?
Using observation without judgement, we can try to silence the ego to better understand ourselves and make wise choices that develop us and our practice.
Ruth is a yoga therapist and yoga teacher based in Cheltenham, UK. She emphasises yoga as a tool for well-being, for individuals and in her classes, in person or via zoom.