When we prepare to head to bed at night we often have a routine. Brush our teeth, lay out the clothes for the next day, set our alarms. And when we wake up, the same is true. Shut off the alarm (or hit snooze one, two, or ten times - be honest), drink a glass of water, go pee, brush teeth, get dressed, head out for a run, have coffee and breakfast, shower, change, go to work, etc etc etc.
And we go and we do all day long. Until the going and doing are done and we're ready to re-do the nighttime routine and head to bed.
But many of us never stop to just be. To ask ourselves a simple question: How am I feeling today? How does my physical body feel? How's my energy level? What is going on inside my brain?
We don't pause to observe ourselves. Instead we become our thoughts and actions.
When we take a yoga class it's an opportunity to pause for 60 or 75 minutes. To ignore what is going on externally and to breathe and move.
It's a great time to check in. To notice those things about how you are truly feeling. When you take note you allow yourself time to decide how to think and act moving forward. Instead of just doing and going you can decide what you need to do and where you need to go to improve upon what you've observed.
This week we explore stopping to observe, without judgement, where we are when we step on our mat, during our practice, and after practice. And we work on how to take that off of our mat and into our every day.