I could probably complain about downward facing dog for a week, but that’s not what I’m talking about. The hardest part about yoga for me is keeping my mind off of other stuff.
I am all downward facing dog and my mind, rather than focus on strain and discomfort, tries to escape. Or maybe I’m all comfortable and then, my “go, Go. GOOOOO” instincts/conditioning kicks in. I think about what I need to do after class, how much class is left, that I should write a blog post about how my mind won’t shut up during yoga, and so on.
I also compare myself to my neighbors. Not on purpose (most of the time). At first I’m just checking I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing and then… My mind switches on. And if it is not comparing, it is fear of judgement. “My shirts riding up! I hope no one is offended or disgusted by my tummy.”
But, here’s the thing, I keep shutting it up. I focus on my breathing. I check my pose. I close my eyes. I reset. Because the quiet brain does wonders for me. It’s amazing how much I think (gotta do this, what would X think about that, why does z occur, and so on). Not thinking, and just being is so relieving.
So, I invite you to play this song (one my yoga teacher plays during class) and just stop thinking. Focus on your breathing. Give your mind a moment of quiet.
Do you have a hard time quieting your mind?
Have you a yoga position that makes you cringe to do?