About to teach a Yoga class earlier this evening, my mind was distracted. Some minor yet upsetting business-related incident that took place in the afternoon was still bugging me, refusing to be shaken off. Like an annoying tiny pimple, sprouting from nowhere, that you keep on touching just to make sure it’s still there.
Giving a class that evening was sort of the last thing I wished to do. Yet I knew the secret of Yoga’s enchanted broom, a secret I will share with you.
When I practice yoga, whether as an instructor or as a participant, something starts to shift. If I had to measure the transformation, it would have looked something like this:
At the class’ start, the mind is being occupied with:
Mundane stuff, mundane stuff, mundane stuff, mundane stuff, mundane stuff
10 to 15 min into the class:
Mundane stuff, mundane stuff, nothingness, mundane stuff, mundane stuff
20 to 30 min into the class:
Mundane stuff, nothingness, mundane stuff, mundane stuff, nothingness
An hour into the class:
Mundane stuff, nothingness, nothingness, nothingness, nothingness
By the time the class is over, the troublesome thoughts are somewhere far behind, while blissed relaxation settles in. The mind finally lets go of things it cannot change, accepting what there is in this moment. It is like magic; like the brain had been swept clean by a magical broom, wiped spotless by an invisible piece of cloth. And, it is a process; a slow transformation that takes place during the length of practice. We cannot speed it up nor control it, we just allow it to take place.
It is one of Yoga’s many amazing gifts.
Learned from: an upset mind and teaching a yoga class