Yoga has been more regular in my life lately since my gym membership expired.
Yesterday I had a new yogi (new to me), and she really kept me focused on my breathing. It was a simple instruction at the beginning of the session that did it.
I generally have trouble breathing with the movements because my lungs fill or empty well before the move or transition needs to happen. She told us to constrict the back of our throat so that it takes longer to get the breathe in or out. Voila I was able to keep my breath slow enough to time it with the change or exertions.
Funny how a little thing that I didn’t know changed the whole practice yesterday.
The other lesson from my mat was one I have had before and often refer back to. Just yesterday it was timely to say the least. That lesson is discomfort. When your holding a pose and something is uncomfortable, to just breathe through it. No need to move or change, that ankle bone pressed into the floor is uncomfortable, but it will end. Staying with the breath and just knowing that things in life are uncomfortable.
I have in the past used this while having a hot flash, or sitting through a meeting (or movie) in an uncomfortable chair but yesterday the lesson was timely. Just getting through the work shift was uncomfortable. We are migrating onto a new system at work and it is not smooth. Not everyone is on it yet so we have multiple systems working. People I work with were so very frustrated yesterday. Complaining, exclaiming and so frustrated, I just kept breathing and keeping to myself. I got all my work done and felt very peaceful when all was said and done.