09 June, 2012

Do you know how special you are?

Today was Power Vinyasa "Morning After" with Kathy.

The class reminded me of something that Cassandra often says in her classes:

Do you know how special you are?
Never before you, and never again after you will there be another you.

That is often a theme in our classes: to start to become aware of the fullness of ourselves or, as Kathy said today in her reading "The immensity of you." It doesn't mean that it's all about us. It doesn't mean that we are separate. It is really about the way in which we all fit together as essential pieces in the puzzle, whether that puzzle be the workplace, family, a circle of friends, the neighborhood, or the world. We all have a role to play. And we are inextricably connected to one another, often in ways that we may not fully perceive. In a sense, I would say that practices like yoga or meditation are fundamentally centered on just that: beginning to perceive the ways in which we are all connected.

Kathy's class today was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

Each word she shared, each inspirational phrase of encouragement, each song she played felt like it was delicately chosen to craft an experience. The class could well have been called a "Performance" rather than a "Class" because of how well orchestrated it was. Our sequences were cued by brilliantly selected music, with lyrics that reflected the sentiment of the weekend, or the moment, or the pose we were doing, and each transition was marked by the transition to another song, perfectly fitting the mood. Talk about getting the head, the heart, and the body all in the same place.

She taught today's class with humor, with compassion.

For some reason, perhaps (again) the lack of heat, I felt incredibly strong today. I felt like I could go on forever. Give me two hours. Give me three hours. You would normally never hear me say that. In fact, you'll probably be more likely to see words like "interminable" or "torture" looking back at the way I normally describe hot yoga classes. It's true. I can be a bit of a whiner. But today, I just had it in me. There came a certain point in the class where I realized (paradoxically, losing it just as I recognized it) that I was totally in "The Moment." I had no thoughts in my head. No anticipation of the next pose. No cares, worries, or concerns. No pains, no anxiety. No distraction. My head was clear, and my body was moving, and it was pure energy.

Something about today was just right.

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