I took a summer vacation from the Wednesday night yoga class I’ve been doing for more than 15 years. Apparently, I’m a creature of yoga habit. It was a little freeing at first, giving me a night off. Then it wasn’t.
My Friday favourite is that this week, I got back on the mat with a regular yoga class here.
Tonight after work, I’m transforming my backyard to an impromptu outdoor yoga class. There are pop up stores…why not pop up yoga? I sent word around so we’ll see who shows up.
My long-time yoga teacher and friend is taking a break from teaching but she’s in town and popping over to teach a class as the work day winds down. I know it will be my Friday favourite.
If nobody else can make it, I just might get a private class.
I just looked back to find my blog post about yoga…it was posted on February 29th, 2016, almost exactly a year ago. I guess it’s that time of year when everything looks grey and dreary and getting out the door at night to go to yoga is challenging. But then I go. And I am so glad I went. In case you need a push out the door to go to yoga, our Friday Favourite is yoga. Go. Breathe. Namaste.
The yoga pose is not the goal. Becoming flexible is not the goal. The goal is to create space where you once were stuck. To unveil the layers of protection you’ve built around your heart. To appreciate your body and become aware of the mind and the noise it creates. To make peace with who you are. The goal is to love, well…you. Come to your yoga mat to feel; not to accomplish. Shift your focus and your heart will grow.
We are heading to Rancho la Puerta in Tecate, Mexico today for a week of hiking, yoga, wandering and relaxing. It’s a special place that is magical. Watch for photos next week on our blog!
HAR & CJR
Some things are clearly made to go together. Gin and tonic (of course), ripple chips and French onion dip, and maple syrup with well, anything.
Other combos might not be quite so obvious. But when you look closer, or try them out, they make for some natural pairings.
Yoga is one we’ve combined with other activities. Several years ago, we did a yoga and knitting workshop at Kripalu. Nothing really tying the activities together, but we did sit cross legged on the floor to knit, and I’m sure our stitches were loose and relaxed because we were.
I did a yoga a kayaking weekend last year with White Squall Paddling Centre. The ability to isolate muscles and breathing in yoga made a huge difference to the buoyancy of the kayaking. And a little sketching thrown in too.
We recently did a little day hike and stopped for some scenic yogic poses.
Hiking and food is an obvious. Tire yourself out and have someone serve up a delicious meal at the end of it all. And a personal favourite – the various Butter Tart Trails across Ontario. You could walk or drive to the next bakery featuring their version of the Canadian classic.
I spend most of the day on Tuesday coming up with reasons why I don’t need to go to yoga on Tuesday night. It’s dark, it’s raining, I’m tired…the list goes on. When I finally drag myself to class I am rewarded with the incredible feeling yoga provides.
I was reading a blog I follow today called Lines of Beauty and she had a wonderful quote by Rachel Brathen called The Goal of Yoga. I am copying it word for word!
The yoga pose is not the goal. Becoming flexible is not the goal. The goal is to create space where you once were stuck. To unveil the layers of protection you’ve built around your heart. To appreciate your body and become aware of the mind and the noise it creates. To make peace with who you are. The goal is to love, well…you.
Come to your yoga mat to feel; not to accomplish. Shift your focus and your heart will grow.