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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Remembering My Mantra


I've been repeating "I am content" as often as I can remember lately. I even went back to that local yoga studio to try another class.

I'M SO GLAD I DID! Although we started about 10 minutes late because people arrived past the start time, and the instruction had a lot to say when helping us set our intention, it was still a good practice. It was labeled a Gentle Flow class, but it felt challenging to me. I had done an inversions workshop in the afternoon for my Intro class, so maybe that had something to do with how I felt about my second class of the day. ;) I loved how full the class was, and don't mind that we waited for people to trickle in. There's a different energy to a practice when it feels communal. It was obvious to me, as a new-comer, that a lot of these people have been attending classes with this instructor for a long time. There was a lot of love shared between the regulars.

In this practice, the instructor reminded us to send positive energy into the world, and to scoop it up for ourselves as well. She reminded us that although the Presidential campaign often felt toxic at times, it still represents something amazing for women. I don't care how you feel about Clinton, but just the fact that a woman can run for President is incredible. I felt the same when Obama ran, too. So while the instructor didn't get into politics beyond that, she used it as an example of what awesome power we as women hold, and that we have unlimited potential for greatness in so many capacities. Applied to our practice, I took it as inspiration to attempt poses or sequences that felt uncomfortable and/or difficult. By the end, my legs were shaking.

I was more than content with the practice, and I'm grateful my second experience at this studio was more rewarding than the first. I hope that someday when I walk through the door the instructor will greet me with the same enthusiasm she had for her regulars.

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