The Monday Evening Slow Flow Yoga Class with Jodi at Kula Yoga in Glendale Az was light-hearted, full of humor and at the same time challenging and full of insights.
All throughout class Jodi was able to share yoga insights and knowledge in a real-time, real life application.
Really resonated with her reminder throughout class that no matter what its just yoga.
As class began, and she invited us to lay on our backs and breathe it felt as if she was sharing a continuous stream of knowledge and insights with us. I wanted to take it all in but all I have is a cup and I couldn’t contain it all.
The practice itself was nice. Initially I was able to move from pose to pose confident and basking in the glory of my dedication and practice. But then when we were in Warrior II she invited us to look back and become aware of where our arms were.
How long has my back arm been misaligned I wondered?
And I became distraught and disappointed in myself. Why am I here? Why even bother with the practice if Im not any good at it. On and on the negative self-talk went for a few minutes.
Then, as if it was all a set-up and intentional. Jodi reminds us that 80% of the time we are too hard on ourselves and that the negative self-talk isn’t helpful.
She’s right. But it doesn’t mean I was ready to let go.
Eventually I let go of holding on to the thought.
As class ends and we are processing it all in the final resting pose I allow myself to let go of the sadness and disappointment even more.
Afterall it’s just yoga.