Yes, I’ve lived in Canada my whole life. Yes, I know that it is only March which means it is still winter. Yes, I also just came back from Costa Rica and a nice warm break. Yes, I’m still frustrated that winter is not over. My assumption is that quite a few of us are also experiencing similar thoughts. I’m just feeling a little cranky this morning at the prospect of bundling up to outside, my dry skin and achy muscles ready for the suns heat. Maybe it’s just a small dose of the Mondays after an amazing 10 days away in the jungle with nothing to do but practice Yoga. Either way, a class theme all of us will need from time to time and sometimes with no good reason at all. Enjoy!
The following theme can be used either for your own personal practice, or for your group classes or one on ones that you are teaching. Everything below is just a guide based on my thoughts and experiences in the moment. Feel free to change anything to better suit your teaching/practice style or so that it feels more authentic to you and your own teaching voice. Namasté
Theme: Letting go of Frustration
Quote: “Focus your attention on the Now and let me know what problem you have in this moment” – Eckhart Tolle
Physical Focus: Keep the flow going in class to release stagnant energy. Move into stronger poses softly and resist the more challenging poses in this practice. The emphasis should be placed on pranayama or breathing practices throughout class to diffuse frustration, anger or anxiety and promote feelings of peace and connection.
Chakra: 3rd chakra – but quieting it’s energy rather than stoking the fire.
Lion’s Breath (stick out your tongue and send out a big roar)
Cleansing Breath (exhaling loudly from our mouth)
Chandra Beda (cooling single nostril breathing – in and out from our left nostril)
Niyama: Ishvara Pranidhana
Mudra: padma (lotus) mudra, heals of hands together palms open and fingers outstretched.
Essential Oil*: Frankincense, Lavender, Vetiver or Ylang Ylang
A great class to talk about the flow of change and letting go of our attachments. We become frustrated when we feel stuck or when things aren’t going our way. Often this comes from our expectations to results, resistance to change or lack of faith. The world is based on change, nothing stays the same though we forget this often on the journey of life.
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*always check with your students for allergies or sensitivities to scent.