06 April, 2012

Authenticity

Today was Power Vinyasa with Cassandra.

You didn't think I'd miss Cassandra's Friday class, did you? I mean, seriously, right? So... after a few pretty horrible days of being sick, I was starting to feel like I was coming out of it today. Was not sure how that would translate to ability to do a Vinyasa class, but I knew that I could just do the best I can, and rest if necessary.

It turned out that I was feeling much better today. It was a tough class. The heat was rather mild, for most of the class. But there were some tough sequences in the middle of class. Some extended stays in Chair pose, with side-stepping while in the pose. Not easy to do even when I am at a hundred percent. I did the best I could. There was a bit of Dolphin Plank, though it wasn't labeled as such (Plank poses, lowering down to forearms, and then back up again... some would call that Dolphin Planks, raising up to straight arms... minor difference of nomenclature, but essentially the same deal).

Because of the nice Spring weather, it was a rare uncrowded Friday 5:30pm class. A nice change.

Today's "collective intention" was on "authenticity." As usual, Cassandra had gem-like words of inspiration, which really helped me through the class. She said that it's very difficult to define what it is to "be authentic" but that it is easy to know when you are not being authentic. That's an interesting concept.

She also repeated a great thought:  "Do you know how special you are? Never before, and never again will there be another you."

In those moments, on the mat, in her class, I feel special. And slowly, gradually, I find myself allowing that feeling to extend past the edge of the mat into the rest of my life.

It's a good feeling.



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