Yoga class tonight was very challenging. Not only do I not yet know the all asanas and the right way to do them, I am very sore from Tuesday’s activities (75 minute of yoga, two Nia classes, 20 minutes elliptical machine, and 75 minutes weight lifting Chest and Triceps).
The book The Heart of Yoga is very helpful in filling in all the gaps in my knowledge and my lack of experience. I am learning so much, I am very glad that I’ve decided to take on the practice of yoga. In the two weeks that I’ve been studying yoga (including just four classes) I’ve gained an awareness of and learned the following things:
- I have a lot to learn
- Staying tuned into my body is challenging
- Even though I teach awareness and Joy of Movement, I am often not “in my own body”
- I rarely do only one thing at a time.
- Focusing on breath calms me down, gets me present, and keeps me focused
- I am flexible, but not as much as I will be
- My body composition has changed to higher fat because I have not been lifting weights and because I’ve been eating too much and choosing fat foods (carbs and fat)
- I have a good feeling, my mood is significantly changed for the better
- My school days are going better this week than before
- I was able to get on stage at the expo without any stage freight
- I am thinking clearer even though I am not taking ADD/ADHD medicine
- I am more aware of my hunger and my habits
- I’ve been able to keep my schedule
- My wrist and ankle are aggravated , but after yoga class I seem to have relief from the pain
- I am sleeping well
- I’ve been pretty good at sticking to the choices I’ve made;
- recording my food sticking to my WW plan
- sleeping enough
- being prepared for my classes, training sessions, and school
- following through on business tasks
- My Nia classes have been much more focused and powerful
All in all, I am glad to be learning a new discipline for the good of my body, mind, emotions and spirit.