You have made it to yoga class but it is likely that in order to get to class on time you had to leave work early, get a babysitter, sit in a traffic jam, eat dinner early or skip it altogether! Add this to the stresses and strains of the day, a super busy week plus the highs and lows of life and you are now the lucky owner of a stressed out body that has only just made it to yoga.
First of all; well done to you for getting to class and making yoga practice a part of your routine! It's hard to juggle every appointment and event every day but this small commitment to yourself is invaluable and here we get to the crux of my post - your yoga practice can help make these busy days a lot easier to deal with! Yes that's right! Your commitment to regular practice will help to make all aspects of your life easier to deal with!
You see; when you come to yoga class and it becomes a regular part of your weekly routine you are assigning time just for you. You have an hour in which to be free of all the things on your to-do list and you switch the focus to where you are at on that particular day. Our bodies and minds are crying out for some attention and for us to actually listen and take notice of any little red flags that we have been too busy to notice before makes a big difference. You might find when we do a full mental 'body scan' at the end of class that an ache or pain that was niggling you before class has dissipated. You might realise with the help of your teacher what areas of your body need a little bit of work in order to bring back physical balance and you can practice your teacher's suggestions at home.
You also give time to your mind and this is very important. When you allow yourself time to focus on just yourself and your movement through the space around you for an hour you not only exercise your body but you free your mind. When you stop and take a moment to notice you will find that your mind is full of thoughts - some helpful but some not so much. Some are repetitive and can keep us stuck without progression in our lives. Others are irritating or angry and some are really self-destructive. These erode our sense of self worth and confidence until we feel we don't deserve to feel better about ourselves. The good news is all of this mental clutter can be quietened down; even if it is just for an hour and in time you will find this extends beyond the yoga mat and in to your everyday experience.
Regular yoga practice clears the mind and frees space for better thoughts including; increased self worth, confidence, happiness and creativity. When you make space for these good thoughts then you also feel physically better too. You will find that you experience repetitive and damaging thoughts much less and you end up giving yourself more time as you clear mental space for getting things done when you are away from the yoga mat.
Being on the yoga mat can also increase our spiritual awareness too and can make us happily curious about our beliefs, the world around us and the very nature of existence itself. You might find you want to do more personal research to find what works spiritually for you! Yoga is non-denominational and you can practice yoga alongside your religious beliefs or if you are not religious at all. Everybody is welcome and will find benefits in yoga. The wonderful open mindedness from yoga can often be expressed through your behaviour with others and can lead to increased kindness and compassion for all beings.
Your yoga practice therefore extends way beyond physical exercise benefiting not just your body but also your mind, your spirit, family and friends and effectively the whole world. So join us in class and experience this change for yourself!