This week I am working in my classes with the next Niyama, Samtosha (contentment). Once more, an opportunity for me to do some reading around it and get inspired. I enjoyed some of the comments in http://www.yogaglo.com/blog/2013/01/the-niyamas-samtosha/ which I condensed and paraphrased for sharing with the class. Here is the link to the article in case you are interested.
For the class, I am asking students to consider, when they are executing a challenging asana, where are they carrying unnecessary tension (often face, neck, shoulders) and what mental attitude are they taking with them? What about when the pose is less challenging- what is the mental attitude here, has focus been maintained, what about holding tension now- same, different? All trying to hone that habit and skill of checking in with yourself, and non-judgementally observing what is going on, if it needs changing, and how to start that change. A few things to take away and practice off the mat!
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.