Often, I like to take my yoga practice slow. Really slow.
A no rush,
leisurely pace that can vary.
Time to take each movement, each pose, to its fullest potential.
Where the movement in a transition is as important as a pose.
Time to connect with the breath, energy and muscles and adjust accordingly.
Stay a little longer, add something in, take something out throughout the practice.
The practice turns into a dialog and play of communication that is led by the body instead of directed by the mind.
Savor the movement, the journey, the process, the here and now.
Sometimes we find a piece of us that has been missing, and maybe we never knew, or realized it was lost. A piece can be large or small and found in a subtle way, or sometimes we receive a direct hit from the universe that shakes our foundation.
Often, a piece evokes some sort of feeling, and this feeling can hold varying degrees of significance to us. It may be tied to a memory or experience in the past, or it may feel new to us. Whichever the case, our boundaries have expanded and our perspective has shifted.
Picking up the pieces can imply something that was once whole, has broken and shattered. But, if we aren’t whole and perfect to begin with, we pick up pieces to add, enhance, improve and create ourselves.
Stay in the moment
Do the best you can
Let go of expectation
Let go of judgement
Let go of competition
Open your heart
Be grateful for what comes your way
Be thankful for your tribe
The light in me honors the light in you.
8:00AM Mon at Mandala Garden Farms, Kensington
8:00AM Wed at Latitude Sports Club, Salisbury Studio 3
9:30AM Sun at Latitude Sports Club, Salisbury Group Fit Studio
Photo from Pinterest
In yoga we create tension to release tension.
Each pose leads the body in opposite directions,
up and down,
forward and back,
twist and straighten,
push and pull.
These opposites create a tension, which creates a space,
to unwind from a day of sitting to long,
to uncoil a repetitive physical motion,
to untangle emotional stresses.
On the mat we breathe into the space and let it go.
Yoga brings us back to where we once were.
Wanderlust is a yoga and music festival that descends yearly upon Stratton Mountain Resort making it look like a yoga college campus. Students flood the resort carrying mats, walking to and from classes and lounging on the grassy common area relaxing, socializing and eating.
My daughter and I took a total of nine classes and a hike to the summit over the course of four days. Classes varied from bringing awareness to the breath, giving gratitude, connecting with our inner child, learning detailed alignment of poses, challenging arm balances and inversions in the air.
The instructors all brought something different to the mat and they were accompanied by assistants who helped and musicians who played instruments or sang during the practice. These classes were held in various locations: one at the top of the mountain, another on an outdoor field, and yet another in a hammock suspended in the air. But mostly these classes were held in large wedding style tents equipped with flooring, staging and elaborate sound systems. The student body was plentiful and included fellow teachers, students, a few children and a couple of well-behaved dogs.
In the background of all of this are healthy food vendors, temporary tattoo stations, rocks for building sculptures, sculpting sand, water refill stations, free snacks, slack-line walking, hula hooping, jump roping, mural painting, hair braiding, music and flowers. It is nothing short of an imaginative playground encouraging us to make connections, try new things, or the chance to remember and revisit them.
As a teacher, I attended to enhance my practice, so in turn, I can enhance my students practice. After four days of immersion, I am a bit saturated and feel I need time to absorb, process and reflect upon what I have experienced. The festival has left an imprint on me.
Take time, make time to wander and explore.
The Wanderlust Festival gives the opportunity to wander and explore both our internal and external worlds, connecting with ourselves, new people, places and things.
Time to open up and let the soft light fall in