Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The temperature has dropped considerably here. For the first time I sense fall around the corner. Some of the leaves have started to turn yellow, along with cooler temperatures, which all signal autumn. I love the fall season, it is my favorite time of year. The world takes on a vibrancy with colors and a crisp chill that is in the air. The brilliant fiery colors of the leaves and foliage speak of their true nature in this world. All of this combined makes me feel awakened, alive with new ideas, all of my senses more in tune to everything in life. The smells of nature become sharper in fall; the clear blue sky, which can only be described as azure or sapphire is gorgeous. The whole world beautiful, cooling down after a sweltering summer. I realize now it is still a bit early for fall, but there are signs telling us it is on it's way and this makes me very happy.

Yoga on Monday was wonderful! I gently twisted into positions that I never thought I could get into, was focused and concentrated which took me out of my everyday thinking, leaving the chaos of the mind behind. There was a centering meditation time, which focused on our breathing, at the beginning of the class. The instructor presented the class with the intention of gratitude, she brought our focus back several times to the intention set at the beginning of class. Then we did postures for 45 minutes. Then at the end there was another centering time where we focused our concentration on breathing consciously. I didn't think it was possible but at the end I was both energized but relaxed also. Instead of my breathing being an ignored reflex it became a connecting point of awareness, life, vitality, making the full circle back to gratitude. I still can not express completely, fully, appropriately this experience because it was so very different from my own unstructured practice by myself. Was it group dynamics and energies working together; being so focused, centered, aware; the body, mind, consciousness/soul connection; or all of these things combined that made me feel so wonderful?

9 comments:

Yoga Gal said...

Isn't it wonderful to get into yoga poses you thought you would NEVER be able to do? I rmember the first time I did a hand stand I thought there should be declared a national holiday! Namaste!

Lori said...

Hi,
Oh gosh it is so wonderful to do that!!!! At some points the other night I felt like just yelling in amazement, "I'm actually in this pose! I did it!" Of course I held myself back but it was sooo exciting to be able to do some of the complicated ones. Yeah I'll have to work up to the hand stand one. Glad she didn't have us try that on Monday! Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle O'Neil said...

I can't seem to hold the poses very long if I'm practicing on my own. A class is always better.

Yoga massages the body from the inside out. I love it.

Lori said...

Oh I do to Michelle. I noticed I did hold them longer in the class rather than when I am doing it on my own. I love what you said it massaging the body from inside out, completely agree with this. :-)

Doe Grozs Art said...

Lori, thanks for your comment on my blog and to come here to find you have started yoga.
I teach it twice a week and I still need to take a class to have that deeper connection while listening to a teacher guide you through the poses.
I remember the glee of being able to balance in crow!
Yoga has brought so much "awakening" into my life.
Glad you found yourself a class and teacher that works for you.
Doreen

Christina said...

"Yoga on Monday was wonderful! I gently twisted into positions that I never thought I could get into, was focused and concentrated which took me out of my everyday thinking, leaving the chaos of the mind behind."

Ahh, I felt myself longing for this experience as I read your beautiful words, friend.

You have inspired me to take a moment just for myself today, but if only to feel gratitude.

Lori said...

Thanks Doreen! How long have you been teaching? It is absolutely wonderful to do those poses and succeed with it.
Thank you so very much Christina! It did feel blissful to come out of myself for that hour, looooved it! Give yourself that feeling of gratitude because you are terrific!

michellechant said...

Ah, you made me want to go back to yoga ... thank you!

I love Autumn as well ... we're moving into Spring down here, and well its a little too windy for my liking, and still a little too cool with the wind bringing the bite of the snow off the mountains.

Give me the warm days of Autumn - the colours of the Australian earth ...

Lori said...

Oh Michelle I love this, "Give me the warm days of Autumn - the colours of the Australian earth ..." Yes the beginning of spring here is always too windy too. Those cool days of spring seem to be colder than the deep winter cold days. I love the fall, the weather and color are always delicious! Thank you - yoga was terrific!!!!