For years I knew of yoga but I did not learn about it. I thought it was just about stretching and nothing more. I like action so it had no appeal for me. About five years ago I decided to try it. There was a yoga studio below my office and it couldn’t be more convenient.
The first few sessions I found very tedious. I kept looking at the clock on the wall – only 5 minutes have gone by. My mind was full of chatter. I continued and looked at the clock again – only two minutes had gone by. However, I kept paying attention to the instructor, listening to her voice directing me to my body.
It took about five sessions of listening to the instructor and paying attention to my body before something happened. Then, unexpectedly, in one session I felt a shift. I started to yawn and continued to yawn throughout the session. I experienced time differently. Time seemed to expand, and yet go by quickly. Time ceased to matter. The chatter in my mind stopped. My body was the focus in a way I’d never experienced before. At the end of the session I fell asleep and the instructor woke me up by gently shaking my leg. I felt refreshed and restored.
Now when I do yoga I know that to get the experience of yoga, I focus on my body. Sometimes it takes me longer than others to make the shift. But I know when it happens because I start to yawn and the sense of time changes.
I realized from this experience that yoga is a state of being. By focusing on my body in the moment, I shifted from one part of my brain (thinking brain) to a different part (sensing brain). I achieved the state of yoga through my body. Once I experienced this state of being, I gained a whole new understanding and respect for yoga.
With care and concern,
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