This morning I went to Kindness Yoga for a Power Vinyasa Flow class. I think the room got up to 128 degrees and 104% humidity. Not really, but it was quite possibly the hottest flow class I have taken in a while. I think I sweat so much that it brought a hibernating cold to the surface. I just invested in an herbal supplement called “Kick Ass Immune,” from Whole Foods. I will let you know if it does the trick!
Today’s class was taught by a newly certified yoga instructor, Nancy. I fell in love with the way gentle way that she taught such a tough class. She also did a wonderful job in guiding my mind to stay on my own mat. The reason I found this so challenging today was because the woman next to me decided to do her own flow for the entire class….no cues, no listening, loud lands during quite moments and speaking out about small things numerous times. I have never experienced anything like this during my two years of practicing yoga. It challenged my mind to stay focused in a way I have never had to do. I kept my eyes closed as much as possible and repeated the word “calm” over and over in my mind.
During yoga one is supposed to concentrate only on their practice. Maybe that is a metaphor that can be used in life as well? Concentrate on your own life and everything around you will take care of itself. That might be a stretch. I’m really reaching for a beautiful message to come out of this. If you can think of one then feel free to leave a comment below…
I agree with your comment in the last paragraph. So many people worry about what others are doing instead of focusing on their own “stuff”. Those who concern themselves about other people’s behavior more than their own in many cases are truly insecure on some level deep down inside or doubt their own ability to stay focused.
It’s pretty simple, I think…
It is simple, but it’s hard to do at times.
Yet there is danger in the interpretation of the message… the woman next to you, with her “overflowing”, part of the problem was that she was only concerned with her self and had no perception, or worse, didn’t care, how her actions affected others…..
True Tim, my mind kept heading that direction while I was in class. I was trying to come up with a better interpretation to tell myself so that I could make it through the class without anger coming up 🙂