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05-Dec-2010

Plugging In

Charge Your Yoga Practice

As we approach this holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in all the activity and lose focus both on and off the yoga mat. My yoga instructor must have caught on to this, because last night she asked the class to plug in. She wasn’t talking about plugging in our holiday decorations; she wanted us to plug our minds into our yoga practice. We were being asked to commit to our breathing, to listen to what our bodies were telling us, to plug in to the present and fully embrace the yoga experience.

When I try to plug in during yoga class my internal surge protector sometimes fails me, leaving my mind to plug in to other things, like making sure I remember to pick up some nutmeg at the store for my holiday cooking or the gift I need to buy my yoga instructor or why my favorite pair of black stretchy pants are feeling so tight today (it couldn’t be all those holiday cookies I ate).

I think I may just draw a picture of an electrical socket on the top of my yoga mat to serve as a mental reminder to fully plug in at yoga class. When I do plug in, I can feel the prana (life force) generated by my breath and movement coursing through my muscles and spine like an electrical current. I’m not focusing on how much time I have left to finish my holiday shopping, but focusing instead on my breath, the graceful and purposeful movement of every pose, perfectly choreographed as I tune in to a blissful state of mind.

The cool thing about plugging in to your yoga practice is that you don’t need to worry about conserving energy or having an expensive utility bill if you leave the lights on. The more you plug in, the more amazing your yoga practice becomes. During this busy holiday season, take the time to plug in to your yoga practice; it is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.

Maria Santoferraro
Yoga for Back Pain
dailydownwarddog.com
Book Recommendation: Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison

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Christa commented on 09-Dec-2010 12:23 PM5 out of 5 stars

"I think I may just draw a picture of an electrical socket on the top of my yoga mat to serve as a mental reminder to fully plug in at yoga class." Just do it! I wrote "Inhale. Exhale. Giggle" at the top of my mat and on the sides I drew a happy face and the word "smile". Our mat is a door. Why not add paint or words to the door to help make our own existences more special? We're the creators! :-D

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