I attended a yoga class at Moksha (http://minneapolis.mokshayoga.ca/home/) last week and was inspired by the words of the instructor. The essence of his message was that we spend so much time focusing on “doing” instead of “being”. I know this is absolutely true for me. As I think about my week, I spend hours thinking and planning what I will “do” in my group fitness classes, what needs to get “done” around the house, what I need to “do” with the kids, etc.
At one point in the class, the instructor said “be in your body”. This was ironic for me because I have a very hard time staying present in yoga and being still. Instead, I judge myself as to whether or not I am doing the poses correctly. Yoga is very hard for me because I don’t feel that I am good at it. Strength comes easy for me; flexibility does not. During class I find myself scanning the room to see how others look in their poses and then judging myself and my performance. I focus on how I look in the pose, rather than how I feel. This gives me a very distressed feeling instead of the peace and calm that I am hoping for.
The notion of being in your body could obviously apply to many aspects of your life; however I am curious as to how this pertains to the physical endeavors in your life. When you take a group fitness class, are you judging how you look and comparing yourself to others or are you present in your body? Do you notice how certain movements make you feel strong or how exhilarating it feels to get your heart rate up?
I would love to feel more tranquility in my life and I know I can improve this with how I approach my workouts. Going forward, I will “be” more present during my workouts and focus on how my body feels as opposed to how my body is performing. I will not allow myself to be impacted by others; I will not fall into this comparison trap. I will “be” present for me and me alone.