I attended a Meditation and Mindfulness class at the Manchester YMCA, offered by YogaFit, and taught by Aimee Marshall.
The class focused on transformational meditation, (which incorporates mantras and chakras); the benefits of meditation, and different types of postures and practices that can be utilized.
Shavasana is about as close to meditation I have come to. Having tried meditation in the past with little success, I was pleased to learn there are several ways to meditate. Meditation can be alone, or in a group; led with guidance, or without. Meditation can be auditory, visual or somatic. And much like yoga practices, meditation is individual to each practitioner. What works for one, may not for another. There was a lot more flexibility to it than I realized, and through the class, as we tried many different meditations, I found what worked with me.
The practices of yoga and meditation bring awareness to our being; taking a look at how things are, evaluating how we feel, then having the option to change and work towards a healthier state of well-being physically, mentally and emotionally. At ease, calm, content and present are words that come to mind that are reflective of potential results.
The parallels between yoga and meditation continue with, be patient with yourself, let go of expectations, judgement and competition. Do what’s right for you, stay in the moment; and they both offer time to be without, or unaffected by, external distractions.
At the end of class, it was recommended we practice meditation before we begin to teach it. Along with the others, I begin a journey into meditation and mindfulness with a daily practice, starting off with a few minutes per day.
With the sand below and the sky above, we’ll be having yoga class this Sunday, 6/23 at Salisbury Beach, 8AM.
The sand will challenge balance and strength, hearts will open and lift towards the unlimited sky and nature will provide the sounds of the surf and gulls.
Savasana will be a natural close to the practice with refreshments and fresh fruit afterwards.
Beach Yoga is a Boston Sports Club, Salisbury sponsored event, open to the public and free. All are welcome!
What to bring: beach towel, water and sunscreen Directions:
From Beach Road, take right on Cable and left on Ocean. Class is to the right of the boardwalk decking.
Kiosk parking available.
If weather is questionable, call Boston Sports Club at 978-462-5662 by 7AM.
If class is cancelled, yoga will be held at 9:30 in the studio as usual.
This class takes the place of the 9:30AM studio class for this week only.
Walking through Latitude Sports Club, Salisbury you don’t go far without seeing a familiar face and saying hello. Members talk before and after classes, on their way in and out of the club and while working out. Many refer to it as their gym family…and this large family of members, instructors, trainers and staff has been adopted. We are now Boston Sports Club, and this has been a hot topic of conversation.
As New Englanders, we are skeptical of change. We have our routines and we like them. The unknown makes us uncomfortable. It’s not easy. However, change is often necessary for something to continue on.
Walking through the club you notice the energy – multiple classes going on, runners and walkers on the track, the weight and cardio machines in use and the activity in the pool, basketball courts and racquetball courts. If you weren’t feeling motivated before you walked in, you do now.
As we move forward, new routines will become familiar. Our name may have changed, but we are still the same family of members, instructors, trainers and staff working together, supporting each other and doing what we love.
Yoga classes at Zoetry are located in the spa and the space is indoors, yet open to the outdoors. Lush green gardens surround the studio inviting the birds and their songs and the temperature is mid 80’s, even at 8:30AM, providing a natural heated studio.
Estefany Vargas is the yoga instructor here. She offers a daily class to the visitors of the resort. The class is a mix of Vinyasa and Hatha styles, and Estefany leads the group in a very calm, strong and encouraging manner. Although her group changes as vacations begin and end, she does not hesitate to get to know us, and help us reach our potential in a posture. She is genuine in her love for the practice.
As an instructor, it is a treat to hang up my teaching hat and practice yoga as a student. It reminds me what it’s like to try a class for the first time; and by the end of the week, what it’s like to participate in a class I am familiar with. It brings a different perspective and deeper understanding of the practice and the process of teaching and learning.
After class, breakfast, and then to the soft sand beach where the sky is deep blue, the ocean is teal with occasional white caps and the greens are varied, deep and bright. After a swim, it is easy to fall back into shavasana. Namaste.
Real estate, yoga and art each have a process, path or journey to travel and I meet many people along the way. Thank you for being here, I am glad our paths have crossed.
Many thanks to the yogis for agreeing to be photographed and many thanks to my tech savvy friend who built the site and taught me a few things along the way. I am grateful for your contributions and happy with the new look!