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It’s true. The new forum board is getting to be quite addictive. It cuts into my online time and I put off my blogging for too long again.
I’ve been to six yoga sessions so far. I really like the thorough stretching that is involved. Last night we did alternate nostril breathing. I really appreciated it, because that is the exercise the book Meditation as Medicine says I should be doing on a regular basis to control blood pressure. I have attempted it several times at home, but just couldn’t keep it up. As I have said many times, I haven’t learned how to meditate properly yet. Anyway, in the yoga setting, I really got into the exercise, and had a glimpse into how calming it can really be. I want to start doing it at home, too. I just have to make the push to find the quiet time and the quiet place on a regular basis.
I also have been trying to fall into that relaxed state at the end of the yoga session. It’s about ten minutes of laying in repose and focusing on breath and letting things go and - oh yes, of course - meditating. It’s not working very well yet. I’m wondering if it has something to do with what fellow blogger Erika mentioned in her blog yesterday. Music is not relaxing to a musician. I was trained as a music therapist. I started piano lessons when I was six years old. I studied music all through college. My critical mind turns on when listening to music. They usually play chants and ohms during the relaxing part of the yoga class. But I find myself listening for the rhythm and music in it instead of letting it carry me along. Must control. Must control.
I’m going to keep working on it. One of these times I will feel it click.
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