the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
“Yoga class really stresses me out” she said, oblivious to the irony.
Example: “It makes me so mad when someone is in my spot at yoga! How am I supposed to get all zen if I can’t have things exactly the way I want them?!”
If You’re Not EnJOYing your Yoga practice, you’re
Doing it Wrong
As I learn, grow and evolve, so too does my style of teaching. If you attend my classes regularly you will find that no two are ever the same, like snowflakes ❄ However, the foundation of all classes will remain consistent; prioritizing breath, moving with intention, and not taking yourself too seriously! If you’re not enjoying your practice, you’re missing out on a majority of the benefit. If your yoga practice is stressing you out, you’re doing it wrong! Yoga should be a joyful experience that makes your heart smile and your insides feel sparkly, not something to just be checked off your to-do list.
Every class will be challenging, yet accessible to students of all levels. How is this possible? Simple. Not easy. Simple. By making breath the focus, we detach from our egos; and when that happens, you naturally start approaching your practice from a place of mindfulness, presence and compassion for yourself. Isn’t that the goal? To be compassionate, empathetic creatures, who lift each other up instead of tear each other down? Somehow we forget, that everything we require, to be able to conduct ourselves with grace, integrity, strength and patience; it’s inside of us. Our overthinking, dramatic, self serving egos, highjack nearly every moment of our lives … because we let it. Mindful breathing is the bridge between our body and mind, it creates moments of clarity and awareness. As we string these moments together into minutes, that clarity expands as well. The active, emotional, thinking brain is no longer driving the crazy train; your yoga practice is now yours. Now you get to choose what kind of experience you will have, and not just in that moment or that class; you get to choose your whole life … or at least be aware that you ARE choosing.
This awareness of, and connection to your breath changes everything. The physical postures are your teachers, they are not the goal. Once you downshift away from your ego, the saying, “its not about the destination, it’s about the journey”, becomes much more than a cliche. You’ll never truly arrive anywhere if you ignore everything you’re meant to learn and notice and appreciate on the way there. And what the hell is the goddamn rush anyway?? Standing Bow in a full split? The “Perfect Triangle”? Who gives a &#%!@??? There will not be a parade and confetti when you master the One Handed Sparkly Seahorse. What will happen is that you will keep going to class, fixating on your new nemesis; reclined Lotus Pretzel perhaps??
I am not saying you shouldn’t want to master postures. You should! Goals are necessary, they propel us forward and give us something to work towards; goals help give our lives purpose. What I am saying is this; the next time you need to drive somewhere far away, try getting there with just the address … and a very strong desire to arrive there.
I want you to be able to balance in Prancing Peacock, Three Fingered Gorilla and every other made up posture you can imagine, I really do; but I want you to enjoy every second of the time you spend trying.
When your breathe, real presence and pure joy are what delivers you into your posture; it won’t even matter because your whole life will have changed. Every single thing you need to feel proud, worthy, capable and accomplished; you will have already discovered inside of you. Majestic Mountain Goat will just be icing on the cake.
This is it, these kids, totally immersed in the joy of the moment, not taking themselves seriously … that’s joy.
© February 18, 2018 Kristen Boze, The Sunshine Factory