Sunday, August 8, 2010

Quit Taking Life So Seriously: A Lesson from My Yoga Class

This morning during my Vinyasa yoga class the instructor said something that really caught my attention. In the midst of our downward dogs, chair and tree poses, he shouted, "Go ahead, have fun with it! I promise you if you let loose and don't take yoga so seriously you'll enjoy it a lot more." It was true: the entire class was wayyyy to serious, as that's the "normal" way to practice yoga. When I looked in the mirror and saw my fierce, intense, semi-scary looking expression, I decided I needed to relax and put a smile on. After all, that's what yoga's all about anyway, right? Relaxation, enjoyment, restoration. Why the need to be so serious all the time?

I have to say while it was a little odd at first to break my usual yogi mindset, I had one of the most enjoyable classes of all time. The instructor was upbeat, the room was buzzing with positive energy and instead of the usual music (you know the serene sounds of waterfalls and other instrumental tunes that make you want to fall asleep), he played an energizing mix of jazz and light rock. I was diggin' it. I was able to let go of all thta tension and extreme focus, and just be.

So, learn a lesson from this inspiring yoga class of mine: try to take life a little less serious. Don't be afraid to laugh at yourself. Goof off. Be your crazy, wonderful self. Really, it's OK. Actually, it's more than OK; it's absolutely fabulous.


KaiTLyN said...

Such a good thing to remind ourselves of once in a while! This last week I traveled to Aspen and I was schedule-free for the first time in years it seemed! I almost didn't know what to do! But I filled my time with relaxing and enjoying things (check my latest blog post...;) )

Rachel said...

Thanks for the comment Kaitlyn! Your trip to Aspen sounds so relaxing, and the pictures are great. Glad you have a fun time and took time to get away from all the hustle bustle and just enjoy yourself : )