Hello and Happy Monday,
We've made it to week 6. I finally feel like I'm getting into the groove with things. I admittedly kick and scream to change but once I can accept my situation, I can adapt. I'm creating new routines and I'm practicing what I write about each week and it's helping a lot.
The physical practices are helping too. Teaching three classes a week feels right. It's not even as close to as many classes as I was teaching, yet with the lights, the recordings, the uploading to my page, and making sure all is working takes almost as much energy as a full week of teaching did.
Last week I was trying my best at doing less. On Tuesday morning our neighbors were getting a tree taken down and I could watch it from my kitchen window. I sat and watched and was mesmerized. After the tree was down, I went to teach my gentle yoga class. I was still in this, as the yogi's call it, trance-like state, meaning, I wasn't present or aware. I set up my space and taught what I thought was one of my better gentle classes. When class was over, I got up to end the recording to realize I didn't press record! I wasn't that upset, because I was talking about the kleshas in class, kleshas are obstacles that yogis believe cause us suffering. One of them is attachment to past pleasures. The irony was not lost. I started a new video and taught another gentle class so it could go on my website. When that class was over, I went to shut everything down and realized I didn't turn on half my lights in the room. I laughed at myself as I walked out of my studio.
Repetition creates strength. The more we do something the stronger it gets. Take, for example, going to the gym and doing weighted arm exercises every day for 30 min. We know that our arms will get stronger, our muscles will start to get bigger, and maybe even lifting things will become easier. The same concept works with meditating every day for 10-30 min. Depending on the kind of meditation you choose to do doesn't matter, sitting each day for a set amount of time will strengthen your practice. Sitting will get easier. Calming the mind will get easier. You might even become more able to pause before reacting. Both of these, lifting weights and meditation can only be done if we want to do them. That's the good news and bad news, we are in control. We are the ones who have the power over where we build strength. I'm not going to beat myself up over forgetting to press record or turning on the lights, I'm human, I make mistakes and those mistakes helped me create reminders for myself for the next online classes. That's part of it too, the more we forgive, the more we are ok with making mistakes, the easier all of that becomes.
Where do you want to get strong? It's up to you! For now, I'm going to keep trying to do less.
Please make sure to sign up and join me this week and going forward:
Classes are live during the time listed, but you can watch and join in at any time.
Monday 9:30 am Yoga Flow
Tuesday 10:00 am Gentle Flow
Wednesday 9:30 am Pilates for Yogis
All classes as Pay What You Can (suggestion is $5-$15 per class). I know it's not easy for everyone to pay right now, but I also know the impact of movement on our nervous system. If you cannot pay right now, please don't allow that to deter you from signing up and taking classes. If you can pay, I am so very appreciative. Payments can be made via PayPal CLICK HERE, Venmo @Jess-Purtell, or check. I can send my address to you separately if you want to do that. Also, I've set up my class packs to be used with my online classes. Visit my webpage and check out the packages you can purchase.
With so much love and virtual hugs,