However, a few weeks ago I spent an afternoon with Kathleen Kraft- poet and yogi.
Kathleen hosted a workshop where we were able to spend time connecting body, breath and words.
I can’t tell you how many times that I have been moving through my asana practice and I have wanted to jot down a thought or feeling.
While this may speak to some of my other issues of staying present I’d prefer to focus on the workshop.
This gave me the chance to do just that.
We moved through a sequence and were then given a prompt. Using the prompt wasn’t mandatory but it did offer a jumping off point.
Some of the thoughts I wrote down were hokey or obvious, but it did help me unblock quite a bit.
Here’s a snippet of one that I tweaked a bit.
Into something new
it’s what I do
Inhaling a memory
Exhaling a dream
No stopping and starting
during asana practice.
Life passing me
Off my mat
Exhaling down, arms spread wide
I catch the tail end of my latest…
Inhaling, reaching up
Looking up stretching
I feel safe from me
On my mat
Moving up and down
But never out
In the now.
This workshop was a wonderful way to explore another part of my yoga.
I take different kinds of classes for various reasons.
Hot yoga is my support group.
Vinyasa feeds my soul.
Structural yoga feeds my mind which in turn feeds my soul.
And my asana practice helps me live a fulfilled and productive life off my mat.
Being able to combine my asana practice and reflect in the moment was a unique experience. It’s one that I’ll definitely do again.
It left me feeling stretched and for that I couldn’t be more grateful.