>Yoga Break: Bharadvaja’s Twist, Intention – Peace
December 7, 2010 § 19 Comments
I’d like to take a quick break from food (although there is a photo of a pear below, does that count?) and talk about one of my other loves. Last weekend was definitely Bruin themed but it was also filled to the brim with yoga. I started off on Friday with a home practice. On Saturday, Eric was working so I found myself with an empty day to fill as I pleased. I decided to double up with classes at my om away from om, Yogis Anonymous. It is challenging to do three full hours of yoga, but it still left me feeling refreshed and invigorated. Sunday found me back at the Promenade again, ready for more. This time I visited my other studio, the beautiful Yogaco, for class with my friend Jennifer.
|Yogis Anonymous – Before my second class|
At the beginning of class, teachers often give us students a moment to set an intention for class. That could be anything – a word, a thought, an emotion, etc. (I promise it’s not as cheesy as it sounds) In the past I have thought about things I want to nurture or let go, or sent out positive energy to those who are going through hard times. On Saturday, I chose the word peace. Peace – partly for the holiday season, as it is a strong theme that carries us through the holidays, but also because it is something I would personally like to cultivate more of. Throughout the three hours of practice I periodically came back to this thought of peace. Sometimes, I would just internally repeat the word to myself, and other times I thought about how I could encourage more of it within myself.
|Asian pear from the Santa Monica Farmers market;
A snack between classes
I decided to keep this same intention of peace in Sunday’s class. And what a good decision that was. Usually when I am in class everything else melts away and I can just focus on the practice. On Sunday though, my neighbor was, albeit unintentionally, encroaching on the peaceful space that I was trying to create. A vigorous practice, I get that – one of the reasons I practice yoga is for the physical benefits; strength, flexibility etc – but this was just frantic and I could feel this frenzy seeping over on to my mat. I began to feel agitated and thought about moving my mat to another side of the room, but I didn’t want to disrupt the class and reminded myself that I was here to practice peace. So I repeated it to myself – peace, peace, peace. Eventually, it melted away (either that or he settled down) and I found that peaceful place. It happened so organically that I didn’t even notice it happening – rather, I noticed it later as I looked back on that class.
|Yogaco – snapped after my class on Sunday|
The photos I’ve posted at the beginning and end of this entry are of me in Bharadvaja’s Twist. They should be mirror images so one is of me twisting left and the other is twisting right. It is a bound pose, meaning that I am ‘binding’ myself into a pose by grabbing my hands or feet. They are active and help me pull myself deeper into a pose, but I also find them to be calming and relaxing. I actually just learned this one on Saturday and instantly fell in love with it. There is just so much going on in there, but when I get there, sit in it, and be, I really do find a moment of peace. (PS If you’d like to learn this pose here is a quick video you can take a look at LINK)