Monthly Mantra August

Yoga is an important part of my life and of whom I am. I can’t profess to be all yoga, but it is definitely a key piece of me and my journey. Each month it’s my intention to share one of the theme’s from a class I’ve taught.

For August, the monthly mantra from yoga classes I’ve taught is Learn to do nothing.

The summer is such a fun time of year, the sunlight, activities, outings. And, yet, for myself and my students I can feel sometimes the fun becomes hectic feeling and fast paced. Any mom, or parent, can tell you about multi-tasking, the zip of the day from wake up to bedtime. It’s from this place, that I asked my students to focus on learning to do nothing.

We spent several minutes in supta badha konasana, a reclined position with feet together, legs relaxed, palms facing up. My talk was about doing nothing, being with the breath, the stillness, the quiet. With each breath trusting that this moment doing nothing was what we were doing, was what we were supposed to be doing.

Throughout practice, I’d call them back to this nothing. To doing nothing. Physically, we were moving, but with a mindfulness approach to not strain or force the posture. It was important in this practice that we, “not argue with a pose” but give into it and just letting the body go to where it could go.

In some ways it was a mellow practice, yet it always maintained a very purposeful flow. Flowing through a yoga practice is beautiful in the dance it creates between body and breath. Learning to do nothing took us to a new level of release in the muscles and the mind settled into a beautiful, calm state of grace for savasana. Namaste.

~ jibean

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