Yoga Across America
I’m sure if you follow or have even peaked at the first few lines of my last two blog posts you know that stress and I have become good friends. And I’ve determined its the type of toxic relationship that you need to LET go of. So I went to Dancing Dogs this morning and joined a whole roomful of morning embracers to be a part of Yoga Across America.
This is going to be FUN! A team-led community class TOMORROW from 9-10.15am to benefit Yoga Across America, AND it’s our first weekend of teacher training. Come be part of something HUGE!Y’all! September 14th at 9am! So much amazing for such an amazing cause. Join Annalisa and a team of powerful teachers for a 75 minute class that’s part of THIS! Donation-based, and we’re raffling a Jade yoga mat. Get in on the AMAZING! Yoga Across America. | www.yogaintheusa.org
It was WONDERFUL. We had 4 instructors taking part and as one would speak and lead you through your poses another would come along and correct your form or help you feel the next deeper movement. I was thrilled to feel my downward dog move from a struggle and most times painful position as I press through my wrists, to finally finding that balance as I press through my feet and hands pulling the mat away in my mind, forming an almost pocket in my hands as I spread the pose into my hands and out my fingers taking the pressure off of my wrists relaxing my shoulders and hanging my head in to look at my thighs. AAAAAAAhhhhhh-mazing. When an instructor came by and moved my hips higher I could feel pressure points in my shoulders and hips release.
Frog pose is another pose this morning that almost brought tears to my eyes, and no not tears of pain but release! If you don’t know frog, it’s a hip opener.
It’s quite a challenge for me, in Afghanistan LTC F used to move us into this pose and I could just FEEL myself tensing because I knew I was going to be in for it. Today was no exception, but she let us STAY in this pose… for a while. As I lay, I brought the foam block under my chest and relaxed my hands, my arms, and my shoulders. My knees slid a little on the mat as my hips released – like I said, a LITTLE. There is no fluid way to get out of that pose, I’m just saying so as I came up and moved into all fours I could feel my entire body get in on it. Drops of sweat splatting to the mat, a little sweat tear beading its way down my forearm.
Coming into Savasanna (or corpse pose) I was surprised we were at the end of our session, it really doesn’t get any better for me than those moments where I realize I was truly IN the moment, not thinking about or worrying about anything.
And in those moments my mind brought me to a place where I felt peace. Standing on a mountain in Germany, looking out over an amazing view. Then moving on to a memory of a dive where I could see colorful fish and feel the ocean living around me. Emotion went through me and I felt joy.
I hope you have joy today,