I would roll my eyes as the words “revolved,” or “twisted,” whirled around the room. I felt embarrassed. There I was, the instructor taking class, and I was scoffing every time I exhaled to prayer twist. The postures didn’t bring me pain of the body, but they were definite cause for a bruised ego. I pretended my resistance was born of an intuitive call to protect my body from over-exerting my back, but in reality, I was protecting my pride, all the while doing less than what I could to allow my practice to heal my discomfort.
Music Monday is feeding off of those #tbt vibes, with Nici’s alternative pop playlist, this week! A mashup up of high energy hits you’ll find familiar, and some other little gems to discover, there’s no doubt that you’ll be dancing into your first full week of August! Surrender to the beat, and let your dancing feet take you to your mat for Nici’s Power Express class this Thursday at noon!
Non-attachment has caught my attention this week. As I reread through the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, I find myself pondering his thoughts on desire and the ways in which our ego’s wants and needs can hinder the growth that is meant to happen on our mats. We are continuously conjuring up an ongoing narrative in our heads about what we have, what we don’t, and what we should. Whether these notions are based around physical possessions, relationships, achievements in our career or in our practice, or all of the above, they are attachments which inevitably hold us back from discovering the beauty that lies in the space beyond.
Get flowing this week to Danielle’s funky, feel good mashup full of easy rhythms and dance inducing beats. The playlist embodies an alternative sound which is undoubtedly reminiscent of Danielle’s quirky and creative nature. So if you’re looking to let loose this week, press play and see where the music takes you. It might just lead you to your mat for Danielle’s 8:30am class this Tuesday! …see what we did there?!
Awhile back, I was in a yoga class when the instructor advised us to take all of our mental baggage and set it beside our mats. I loved this visual. It insinuated that I didn’t have to ignore the things I was thinking or feeling, but I also didn’t have to sit in them helplessly. I could acknowledge them, set them aside, and focus my energy on the task at hand.
It’s no surprise that our favorite nature loving yogi would provide us with just the right playlist to connect with our Earthly roots. Ali, child of the Sun and lover of the beach, is serving us with all the right instrumental beats to help us feel grounded and at home in our practice and within this world. Take a listen to this mashup, allow the music to draw out your most organic you, and then check out Ali’s Turn It Up Dog TONIGHT at 5:30!
Once awareness is occupied by the physical sensations occurring throughout the body, it becomes easier to recognize our truest state of being: that we are, by nature, a spirit having a physical experience, and not the other way around. There’s a keen sense of being larger than we typically think we are, when our mind quiets and current reality sits at the forefront of our experience.
What better way to cap off an evening in July, than yoga in the candlelight, with summer jams driving you from pose to pose? Audrey Bliss brings you a Candlelight Beats playlist that is as bright and warm as her spirit, itself. Join her TONIGHT at 8:15 to bring the melodies of the season onto your mat and into your soul!
I’ve had many students walk through the door, lately, expressing that it’s been awhile since they’ve last practiced, and rounding out their thought with a sense of nervousness, hesitation, or even shame for allowing so much time to pass. Each conversation has arrived at a similar consensus about the difficulty of showing up on your mat after a yoga hiatus. I, too, have experienced the mental, physical, and emotional challenges that arise when life gets busy and yoga becomes scarce, and I, too, have suffered through the mind games that can occur when you finally return. I thought it would be helpful to put some of these feelings and thoughts out on the table because if I’ve learned anything throughout my journey with mindfulness and internal knowing, it’s that no one is alone in their experience, and the more vulnerable we are with each other, the better we can understand, guide, and motivate each other on our paths.
This vibrant spirit is right on target with the feel-good Music Monday vibes we love! It seems the ever-charming, Laval, knows how to bring a palpable sense of joy to you in more ways than one: check out his Saturday 6pm Power class to soak in the smiles, the laughter, and the beats!