“I am aware.” That was the chant my yoga instructor calmly shared.
Yes, I was aware how tight my hips were (also compared to others in the class) and that I could barely tilt my head on my back bends. I kept thinking whomever said yoga is a chic sport should try the “Half Moon” (above) for themselves.
Don’t get me wrong – I like yoga. Its movements combined with the breathing gives me a workout like none others. I particularly like the awareness of what I am doing and (to a less degree) how I am doing it.
That is what the instructor is for. A model for the class to emulate and compare with. The awareness is awesome. The question is when I get off my mat and leave the class, could I still maintain that awareness?
In theory, Yes.
But in reality, too much distractions. Whether distracted by others or my own thoughts, I find it challenging to maintain that awareness in my normal life. Too many hot buttons getting pushed. Too many wild ideas fleeting through my head, especially when I try to sleep.
Am I juggling too many balls? Where is that breath I am supposed to follow?
How much do you know about yourself (on a scale from 1 to 10)? How about others? Or is it really possible?