Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Stephanie always says in class that your body is diffrent everyday and to accept the differences as they are and work with them. Never has that been more apparent to me than today. All of my muscles felt tight and unyielding, some were sore and altogether just pissed off at me. I was having trouble with many of the basic poses that we do every class and it was taking most of my concentration to stop thinking negatively about myself. When we began to do crow position or Bakasana,-> I was excited because I have usually been able to do this position and hold it for at least a few seconds. I totally biffed it. Not that I am embarrassed about it, I was just so disappointed with myself for not being able to do the one pose I know my body KNOWS how to do. It was really hard to stay positive after that today. Bummers. I wish my body would just be flexible all the time, is that too much to ask?! More yoga is required.
Posted by Jenn at 11:27 PM
Monday, September 27, 2010
Today yoga was all about pushing myself to the next level. I had to pull myself back from negative thinking several times especially while trying Half Moon pose. Wow did it hurt! Stretching like that, trying to maintain my balance and breathing steadily was hard enough. I caught myself several times thinking negatively and every time I fell over. I didn't topple to my doom but I barely caught myself several times! Gotta be a Positive Polly!!
The instructor said something today that I really liked a lot and it seemed to help. She said to find the freedom in your body. I took that to mean to find the happy place between what you can and cannot do. Also, to be content with the freedom that you find in your mind and the power you find in your body each day and in each breath.
On a related note, I can finally touch my toes again!!!! I haven't been able to do that since I was 13 or younger! I almost yelled I was so excited! Stephanie, the instructor, looked at me smiling and grabbing my toes in glee, like a baby who just discovered them and asked me what I was so excited about. I told her about my accomplishment and she cheered with me. I know it is a small thing, but it is a small bit of happy proof that all of the hard work is paying off. GO ME!!
Posted by Jenn at 1:38 PM
Sunday, September 26, 2010
So the only dance class that would fit with my school schedule was Yoga! I have been going to yoga twice a week for the past 3 weeks and I am loving it! I am less stressed now, going to school and work than I was just working. Yoga has helped me open my mind to new ideas and ways of thinking about others, the world and myself. My yoga instructor has us practice thinking in a "no harm" mind set all the time. It is really hard!
Try it. Try for one day. Hell, try for one hour to not think any negative thoughts about yourself or the people around you. No judgments, no critiques, just positive energy all the time. It is probably the most difficult homework assignment I have ever received.
I think we as humans are constantly judging one another for various reasons, weight, clothing, actions, voice, even laugh. The thoughts are non stop and usually unconscious because we have learned in a pack society, we have to maintain our status in the pack by showing those below us that they are, in fact, below us. When in reality, we are all human, and we all have faults and flaws that another person can and will use against us.
The thoughts against others are difficult to stop, but once you become aware of them you can always bring your mind back into check and think something positive instead. The hardest part about this assignment for me has been the "no harm" thinking about myself.
I have always thought I have an OK self confidence level, not great but it's not low either. What I didn't realize is that the nonstop internal commentary I run on myself is so much more frequent and much more vicious than the things I think about others. It took a long and difficult class to even realize I was doing it much less how frequently.
I was in triangle position or Trikonasana, (above)and I kept thinking "Jenn, you are doing it wrong, and you are such a dork for even trying to do yoga, you are as flexible as board! Why the hell are you here?!" The instructor looked around and I don't know what made her say it, maybe intuition or maybe my face was showing her my lagging self confidance, but she just said to the class,"Remember No Harm! Stop thinking any negative thoughts about others and especially yourself. Be at peace with your body."
I realized that all of the negativity I was putting on myself was what was holding me back from really enjoying myself. I am not saying that the thoughts went away all at once, they didn't. They are still not totally gone. But I am always working on it, and I am discovering that I really do like my body and myself so much more than ever before.
Posted by Jenn at 9:23 AM