What I think about during each yoga class is, of course, going to vary from one day to the next. However, with that being said, there are definitely recurring themes and thought patterns that pop up during most classes. A clear, calm mind is what you may expect to find inside the brain of a yoga teacher. Not so much. Here is an honest look at the real thoughts that go through my head during a typical hour-long yoga class at my local studio.
Complaints Noticing What I Honestly Think About At The Beginning Of Some (Most…) Yoga Classes
Eating ice cream for breakfast, before this class, was an awful idea. What was I thinking?
This hair tie sucks.
I’m so thirsty.
My mat is filthy.
I should have gone to the bathroom before class. Shit, I have to pee now. I don’t want to disrupt the class though.
Thankfully, before I know it, the shift starts to happen. The state of my mind alters alongside my body as it begins to, and continues to, move. Somehow space stars to clear. I force my breath deeper each time I inhale. The sticky thoughts, tension, build up, crud, the stuff is slowly excavated, dragged out of me, one exhale at a time. Instead of freaking out about breaking the “no complaining diet” that I am on, fretting about the lack of positivity in the above thoughts, I begin to focus on the task at hand.
My Breath Is My Anchor
Of course, my mind will still roam. And that’s okay. It feels so good to tell myself that it’s okay. I’m okay, and I am enough.
What song is this? It’s awesome.
Don’t think. Just breathe.
I hope her shoulder is feeling better (the girl in front of me let me know before class that it had been bothering her).
Thai massages sound amazing; I can imagine how good they must feel but haven’t yet had one. Put it on the to-do list. No to-do list’s during yoga!
The lanterns in the lobby are beautiful; I wonder where they are from.
Affirmations & Happy Thoughts
Who I am is enough. What I do is enough. And what I have is enough.
Everything in my life is working out for my highest good.
Positive mind, positive vibes, positive life.
Think positively and positive things will happen.
Inhale confidence, exhale doubt.
Peace begins with me.
Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.
I love this feeling of relaxation. Peaceful bliss does not necessarily mean I have less energy. My energy is just more clear now.
Hey, I can see my belly button.
Showing up today was an amazing choice. Everything in life is a choice.
You can’t pour from an empty faucet.
This feels amazing.
Okay, this does NOT feel amazing.
I want to write a blog post titled “an open letter to my yoga teacher.” I’ve been blessed with so many amazing teachers though; I don’t want anyone to feel left out.
There is something to be learned from everybody.
Right now, I am sending love and good vibes to some of the people that I am truly grateful for, in this moment.
I am grateful for my parents, and their unwavering support.
For Tommy, and the abundance of joy that he brings to my life.
Thank you to Chelsea, for brightening my day with a surprise lunch date.
And to Adria for helping me out with all of the computer questions.
Sarah, thank you for being an amazing teacher both on and off the mat.
Susan, Tom, Nick, Matt, & Ava; thank you for welcoming me into your family. Mimi and Pop Pop, too.
Tampa is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.
The feelings that I get during and after classes such as this one are invaluable. I am so thankful for this community, and all of the wonderful opportunities/experiences that it offers.
“An open letter to my yoga teacher,” is a good blog post idea. Is it though? I’ve been blessed with so many amazing teachers though; I don’t want anyone to feel left out.
Are you demonstrating your best expression of this pose?
Be here now.
Tuck your hips under.
Relax your jaw.
Let go of the stress and tension that you are holding in your shoulders.
Allow yourself to rest. Surrender.