Last night I tried out a new Yoga class. My friend had given me a flyer for it and it immediately appealed because it looked light hearted and sociable. It was advertised as the ‘Yoga Club In The Pub’. The function room of the pub was great because it had wooden floors and was nice and cool. As it was the first night of the class running there were more people than expected so it was a little crammed. Luckily I was one of the last to arrive so I was at the back with plenty of room to spread out!
I have done Yoga at various times over the years but have not managed to fit it in again since having had my baby, Noah, 3 years ago. I was really torn whether to go to the class because although I knew I would enjoy it I was reluctant to enter into a weekly commitment that I might not have time for. However, I am so pleased I went. I enjoyed the class and afterwards I had the best night’s sleep. My body was so comfortable from the stretching that I barely moved in my sleep. Perfect!
An added bonus was that we did a relaxation at the beginning and end of the class so I got an extra dose of meditation. It got me thinking about how the whole experience of a yoga class is really an opportunity to be mindful. Whilst we were doing the exercises last night there was a real focus on the breath. Concentrating on my breath and the exercises really did hold my attention. After an hour I was so much more in tune with my body and my mind was lovely and calm.
The other nice thing about it was the experience of doing the exercises and the relaxation with a group of people. Normally I meditate alone. I love that too but the opportunity to do it with others was great. It adds something different when you meditate with a group, a sense of security, a sense of belonging. If you can fit in some Yoga as well as your meditation I would definitely recommend it as a really mindful activity and the perfect way to connect body and mind.
Come on a Revitalise Day to get other great ideas for bringing more mindfulness into your life. Sometimes opportunities are there for the taking and you just need a little motivation to get on with it. Mindfulness could provide you with just the motivation you need.