30 March, 2012

Holding the vibration of love

Today was Power Vinyasa with Cassandra.

Ahhhhhhh.... long sigh.

I'm not sure how many ways there are to say, "Thanks, Cassandra. I needed that!" And I'm not sure how long it's been since my last class with her... though, I guess, if my blog is correct, it was exactly two weeks.

I was a little apprehensive about taking a Vinyasa class at all, because the shoulder is not getting better. It's just sort of lingering in a state of very slight discomfort, as if it's asking for me to make it worse. Nonetheless, I wasn't going to miss Cassandra's class. Being a 4pm class, it was not very crowded, so the humidity stayed fairly low. All in all, it was one of the easier classes I've taken of late.

Today, we started on the mat with some abdominal work, and then spent the majority of the standing series building through Warrior I and Warrior II flows. We did a little bit of Dolphin Plank near end of the standing series, but there were no balancing poses. No Half Moon. No Airplane. No Standing Splits. No Eagle. No Dancer's Pose. It was mainly just the flow. Floor series consisted of Locust, Floor Bow, and then Bridge/Wheel. The hardest part of the class for me, actually, was forcing myself to take a modification on the two Side Plank poses in the middle of the class. I had this loud voice my head saying "Don't weasel out!" but I know, know, know that I am dealing with an injury right now. Several instructors, lately, have talked about how important it is in our practice to listen to the body, and take the necessary modifications. But, damn, it's hard to not want to keep up with the Joneses, so to speak.

Today, Cassandra talked a little bit about Chakras, and about living from the heart. She also talked about how yoga is what enables us to hold the vibration of love. I know it's woo-woo. Really, I do. But I do feel what it is that she talks about. There is something important about a yoga teacher. Anyone can learn to guide a room full of people through a series of physical actions. But there's an almost intangible quality in any truly great teacher (regardless of what they teach), and that is the charisma they embody. It's when you know that they are teaching you with a passion that comes from deep within their heart. With instructors like that, you can feel the energy of the room full of people. You can hear it in the collective breath. There's a connection there.  Shared energy.

Woo-woo. I know. But, if you doubt me, maybe you should come check it out sometime...

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