Core Yoga Class 1 hour Intermediate | Gratitude Series | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 290

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Core Yoga Class

Namaste-Yoga-Episode-290A few weeks ago in my yoga class my teacher, Carly Forest, shared a teaching which opened and softened a lot within me. She suggested offering a prayer, “May I open to difficulty.” For all the controlling, and planning, there is no way to avoid difficulty. It is going to arise in your life. The more we resist the difficulty, the more we create resistance in our bodies, minds, emotions, hearts and spirits. What if we welcomed the difficulty. What if we gave thanks for the difficulty?

This week as I was doing my research for this class, I read a story about Chuck. Chuck was born with a severed spine due to a delivery room mishap. The doctors told Chuck’s Mom that he probably wouldn’t live into his twenties. Chuck’s Mom simply told the doctors, “You don’t know me.”

Chuck is paralyzed from the waist down. As a child, Chuck’s mother reminded him that Franklin D. Roosevelt ran the war from a wheelchair. What stands out to me about Chuck’s story is his complete surrender to what is, his resilience of spirit and his lack of resistance or wanting things to be other than they are.

Chuck decided that his self-worth is not dependent on whether he sees the world standing or sitting. He tells school kids that success does not depend on your arms and legs, but your heart and your head. In a body-centric, image-heavy world of yoga, I think it is important to remember our hearts. While images of flashy yoga poses splash our mediasphere can we remember Nischala Joy Devi’s beautiful translation of the opening line of the yoga sutras? “With humility (an open heart and mind), we embrace the sacred study of Yoga.” Yoga Sutras 1:1

Chuck says he has never prayed that he would someday walk. Instead he prays for the ability to figure things out, that he has a bottomless reservoir of resilience and strength. He says he has let go of things over which he has no control. I receive many requests from yogis all over the world with body-centered requests that honestly, just don’t matter in the grand scheme of our lives. I want to be able to touch my heels to the ground in down dog. I want to be able to stand on my head. I want to be able to do wheel pose. I want to go faster in my yoga class. I want to be able to touch my toes. Let’s reflect on Chuck’s example, drop deep inside and ask ourselves, what is the deeper intention and purpose for practicing yoga. What is the aspiration deep within your heart that keeps you coming back to your yoga mat?

Grateful people trust life enough to give it a second chance. Many people become undone by crisis. Grateful people are not. Grateful people recover more quickly from cardiovascular speech tests and also in their day to day life. People who practice gratitude prior to an adversity are better at adaptive coping. The connections and bonds that have been emphasized during their regular gratitude checks offer strength both during and after a crisis.

Reflect on a challenging time in your life. What is one situation that you have been able to turn around in your life?

Resource: Thank You Power by Deborah Norville

Yoga Postures/Asanas: Bridge Pose or Setu Bandhasana, Side Plank or Vasisthasana, Cat Pose or Marjaryasana, Plank Pose or Utthita Chaturanga Dandasana, Boat Pose or Navasana, Varaha Mudra in Sukhasana or Easy Pose or Sukhasana, Tadasana or Mountain Pose, Warrior Three or Virabhadrasana Three, Dolphin, Upward Facing Dog or Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, Matsyendrasana or Half Lord of the Fishes Twist, Turtle or Kurmasana, Savasana or Corpse Pose

Yoga Props: yoga block, yoga blanket, meditation cushion or chair, bolster

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