I haven’t written in a while and when asked “why” my response was “I think I think too much”. I really do and that is WHY I need yoga, to stop thinking so darn much!
Even on the mat my mind is wandering and again I am thinking too much. I find that I do not focus on my breath like I should so that leads to me not being able to stay in balance poses or any pose for that matter at times. Yoga is indeed a practice and you’ll never perfect it but certain poses are able to be nailed and spot on with a clear mind and conscious. My thoughts on the mat (and everyday life) range from what I’m having for dinner, what I’m making for lunch, bad things happening, where I’ll be in 3 months or even 5 years, the weather for the weekend, etc.! The list goes on and on. Basically my thoughts are all BUT being in “the moment”. Yoga is just that — being in the moment. Every time I get on the mat I tell myself that I will have an awesome practice and that includes all that comes with it (wandering thoughts and all!). The irony in all of this is that yoga is designed to clear your mind and allow you to be in the moment but, my mind wanders the most while I’m on my mat and I lose focus on my practice.
Yoga for me is a stress reliever and I sincerely wish that I could use it as that, a release of stress instead of bringing the stress to the mat. I need to perfect the practice of developing a clear mind once I step on the mat and only have thoughts for my breath and the poses. Yoga also depends on how your body is feeling when you step onto the mat as well. I am still learning that – being patient with my body and being patient in general. Yoga is known to calm the mind and soothe the soul, which are two of the best ingredients to stop thinking too much!
I will make a promise to myself and all of my blogspot followers that I will continue to work on my yoga practice and one day I will have mastered the art of a quiet mind while on the mat.