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December 30, 2011 / martinezyoga

Previously On Martinez Yoga…

Do your thang! That’s what this past week was like in my classes. Well, that’s what it always is, but this week I wanted to bring it home that even in this busy holiday season where a lot of us are running around prepping for the festivities, doing for others, taking that meeting, writing that email, crunching those numbers, making that deadline, that it is essential that we have some ME time. Know what I’m tawlking about?! And could there be any better vehicle that will you aid in doing so than Yoga? I should say your Yoga! There are other positive outlets leading towards self-awareness besides Yoga, but Yoga is an oldie and a goodie. I was having a talk with a student after class this week, and she expressed how much she needed to come to the center for practice given the holidays, work, family, etc…I could feel that, but I also wanted to put it out there, and ask if she ever has practice on her own. She said no. She told me she doesn’t know what to do as for the sequencing of the postures and the movements, and if she was correctly executing the breathing techniques. She’s new to Yoga, which is a good thing, and has been coming to my class for the past eight months or so. I told her that I understand her concern, but I felt that she knew what to do, given she’s been coming consistently to my class. I suggested that she consider practicing at home, and dedicate her own personal space to her Yoga. Don’t need a lot of space. Just enough to move around, and do your thang. She was receptive to it. I told her to think about what we do in class, and how that makes her feel, physically, and subtly, and if she forgets something or gets lost, no biggie. Just follow your breath, march on, and see where you go, and know that whatever you’re doing and feeling is great, and is appropriate for you. It’s your Yoga, not mine. To come together with other liked hearts in a sangha, community, of Yoga is wonderful. You feel support and encouragement, among other awesome feelings. I wish the whole world could feel this. We’re there for each other. I got your back. But when you have practice on your own, and when you’re ready for it, I feel it sometimes can be more profound. The effects of the practice, when you practice by yourself, are a bit different. I can’t put words to it, but in order to feel and understand it, you just have to do it. You and only you are on the mat, if you use a mat, and I hope you do. I don’t want you to slip and fall. Insert smiley face here. You are guiding and facilitating your own journey. Not someone else’s journey. Don’t get me wrong. Teachers are necessary in the path of Yoga, but they are not in the skin you’re in. You are! You have to do it. You have to take the steps. Not your teacher. When you find a teacher that speaks to you, consider yourself fortunate, and that it was meant to be, but also know that you are your own teacher as well. You just have to take a step back, turn the light around, gaze inward, and listen. RuPaul said it best, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the he** are you going to love someone else?” Can I get a namaste up in here?!

Photos by Anna Rose

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