Recently I started going to Tula West at Ossington and Bloor, and I’d have to say it has been quite the game changer. I’ve done yoga before. I actually used to go to Bikram yoga a couple of years ago, but it didn’t last. I liked the heat aspect, but didn’t really connect with the poses and type of yoga that it was. I thought at the time that my little flirt with yoga was pretty much over forever.
This new year, marked a time in my life when I really wanted to do something different, put the past year behind me, reflect, learn and make myself better. (Pretty much everyone starts the year off this way, no?! hah)
I decided that I wanted to do yoga on a Saturday morning and asked my friend Jill to join me. I’m glad that we did this – not only do we have Saturday morning brunch dates afterwards or before, but I’ve also had someone with me on this spiritual journey. I had never done hot hatha before, but was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this class, and how much I pushed myself during. After the class, I felt like a million bucks and was in a head space that I hadn’t been in a long time. I was that grinning idiot on the subway 😉
I must admit that I was rather skeptical about all this “zen” stuff, and didn’t really think that this would change my life or really make me a better person. I thought I’d end the class twisted up like a sweaty pretzel, sad about the poses that my little stumpy legs couldn’t/wouldn’t ever do, but SURPRISE! – that was the furthest thing from what actually happened.
I’m not going to tell you that I am a super flexible yogi with it all figured out, because I am not that either. What I am though, is someone who is open to this new experience; willing to concentrate and push myself further than the week before, and someone who is truly feeling that yoga should have a bigger place and role in my life.
The instructor last week during tree pose, scared the heck out of everyone when she was talking calmly one minute and then started clapping and yelling in the next minute. “This is your life. There are always twenty things coming at you at once trying to distract you from the goals that you are focused on. Keep focused in your tree pose. Take the lessons you learn here and apply them to your outside life. Don’t let anything distract you from the things you want and deserve.”
After a long week in the hustle and bustle of the city, with what seems like a million work projects on the go, and the normal stress of every day life that sometimes overwhelms you – there is something about putting down your yoga mat, placing your towel on top, laying down, inhaling deeply and letting everything sigh right out. Gone are the stresses of the week, your shoulders loosen, your head clears and you are focused on then and now.