09 August, 2012

Changes in attitude

Today was Hatha with Bret.

It's come to the point where I just know that Bret's class is going to be relaxing and enjoyable. It's an interesting counterpart, actually, to Patrick's assertion on Monday that "This is supposed to be difficult." I would bet that Bret's mantra would be that it's supposed to be fun. And that's the beauty of yoga. It comes in every color of the rainbow. And they all work, albeit in slightly different ways.

Consistent with the previous few Bret classes, we're still seeing a lot of Vinyasa sequences. Most of them are optional suggestions, but there are a couple of moves that have found their way into the routine. For example, the opening Chandrasana (Low Lunge) pose has been flowing into a Vinyasa between sides. I like that quite a bit, though it definitely changes the character of a Hatha class. Patrick often speaks about how the "yoga" is really the stillness between the asanas. He talks about letting go entirely of what just happened, and finding that stillness as quickly as possible. By inserting Vinyasa flows between the asanas at various points during the class, it significantly changes the character and tone of a Hatha practice. Well, I think it pretty much makes it a Vinyasa practice. No real complaints from me on that one.

When I look through my archive, it surprises me how many classes I have taken with Bret. I wonder, am I seeking the teacher who pushes me the least? I am in no way saying that Bret's not a great teacher, because he is fantastic. But, compared with Ginger, for example, I don't find myself running into my "walls" in Bret's class. I'm going with the grain, as opposed to across the grain. Rarely, if ever, do I find myself engaged in an inner battle during his classes. Although, that was not the case when I first started doing yoga.

I guess if I'm going to do yoga seven days a week, there must be days where it's a relative rest.

Familiarity brings comfort, I suppose?

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