As earlier alluded, I’m pursuing 30 days of consecutive and daily yoga practice while here in CM. Why? Why not?! It’s not as though there’s anything else that I “need” to do and frankly, my body is calling for it; it’s been nearly 6 months since I had a regular yoga, or regular anything, practice.
…I suppose that in turning 28 this month, I realize that my health and fitness are never going to be as elastic as they are now and so I better get down to the business of being healthily, laying a foundation for the rest of my life, if you will.
But this imperative extends so far beyond just physical fitness (a truly worthy goal in its own right). I need this. I need to practice. I need to re-devote myself to living awake, living with intention, living wholly. Hopefully, somewhere in the process of devoting to yoga I will also rediscover how to live following the heart and in doing so find a sustainable path to happiness for my lifelong self.
And let me tell you, doing this in place like CM feels like such a luxury! My day to day task is simply to do yoga–how cool is that?!
I’m on day four and already I feel transformed, or at least the first stages of being transformed. The yoga classes are varied and with multiple teachers but based out of two studios: The Yoga Tree and Wild Rose Studio. The Yoga Tree feels like a place of calm, of quiet learning and of restorative growth. Wild Rose feels energetic (there’s a LOT of sweating), of explosive physical challenge but also deep inward turning and connection with life force. I enjoy them both and am glad that both exist so as to give me a more rounded and full practice.
The ashtanga and vinyasa classes at Wild Rose are like none I’ve ever experienced before. They’re terribly physically exhausting and the student is pushed to the brink of her abilities in every pose and each practice. But it also inspires an incredible sense of exploration into ones own practice and a boundless energy exudes throughout the body. I love sitting awash in the feelings of an exuberant Wild Rose class; I get tingly all over in savasana 🙂
At The Yoga Tree I find a place of quiet peace. It hosts an array of teachers, disciplines and philosophies. I’ve enjoyed restorative classes that have provided me (& especially my legs) respite. I’ve also taken anusara and appreciated the thoughtful attention to the smallest details of poses. It was also in an anusara class that I did my first inverted partner pose–I really felt like I’d taken flight! It was wonderful!
I’m looking forward to the next days and weeks of dedicated practice. I’m giddy with curiosity about the physical strength & capabilities that I will develop. I’m giddy too to welcome the mental and spiritual lessons that will come with a dedicated practice as such.
Tomorrow I attend a laughter yoga class–what fun that will be!