Tuesday, July 9, 2013

365 Inspirations—190: Gentle Yoga Class

Yoon talking to students at Yoon's Yoga Bliss
"You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state."—Sharon Gannon

Yoon's Yoga Bliss is 5 minutes from my house, yet I can come up with all kinds of excuses as to why I can't go. Isn't it funny how the things that make us feel sooo good—like healthy food, exercise, yoga, walking, hiking, etc.—are sometimes hard to get to due to our own minds?

Once I'm on the yoga mat, I never, ever think, "Oh gee, why did I come to yoga?" I'm ALWAYS sooo grateful. It's the getting there that becomes the obstacle.

Today I told my excuses to take a hike and headed to a gentle/meditative yoga class. I usually go for the more active class, but I'm trying other classes these days.

We started out lying down and moving in and out of postures very slowly. This was so good. It brought me out of the mind and into the body.

At the end, we all rested in shavasana pose and I felt so alert, yet relaxed.

Relaxing at Yoon's Yoga Bliss

My body felt alive again and I could feel a tingling sensation in all parts of my body. I even worked out the kinks in my neck and back due to not going to yoga for about a week! Yikes!

Finally, we sat in a little circle and Yoon played a gong and we did a little chanting. We repeated "om mani padme hum" and then sat in silence for some time.

It was a wonderful class and I'm so glad I went. I now feel very peaceful and my body is also awake again. I feel like all my muscles have been lengthened and my posture is much better. Amazing what just ONE gentle yoga class can do. I think I'll go again tomorrow morning! No excuses :)

Do you ever talk yourself out of doing something that you know will be so good for you?


  1. It's funny - when we most need restorative, or gentle practice - it can be the hardest time to carve out time for it.

    I am happy to know myself, now, well enough to understand the benefits of consciously slowing down for a chunk of time. I often find myself thinking, "Geez, I really need to lie on the floor for half an hour."

    This is a realization I can only have now, after having logged a few hours(!) doing gentle practice, yin, restorative, and viniyoga in service of my exhausted and busy mind.

    Sounds like a great class!!

  2. HI Anna! Yes, it's so helpful....I went again today and feel GREAT. I'm going to keep going. I know I feel better when I go. Great to see you are also getting the benefits of yoga and sharing it with others!