I’ve been fortunate to be able to practice yoga again after a several month break. It’s with a new instructor, so I have to pay closer attention to her in order to keep up.
I realized so many things we cover in the class can be connected with almost anything else (in my case, writing and riding):
Intentions – at the beginning of the class we are to review our intentions; what is it that we want out of today’s class (peace, relaxation, flexibility, balance). We also review our intentions, internally, at the end to see if we accomplished our goals. Wouldn’t it be amazing to enter any task with intention?
Focus – Throughout the class we focus on different aspects: breathing, stretching, etc – re-addressing our intentions through intense focus.
Deepening with breathing – In a posture (or pose), we deepen into it with our breathing; pushing ourselves ever so slightly to accomplish more, but not too hard to avoid injury. Amazing concept.
So, my friends, in the spirit of yoga: Go into today with focused intention, and when the opportunity arises, deepen your goals – but do it gently.