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I took my first class of the new year today, at Flow Yoga SLC. It felt like a vacation to not have to decide what to do myself — and have the luxury of following along. Jami, the instructor, invited us to reconnect with our spiritual paths. She outlined 6 steps. All I remember is: have a desire to progress spiritually. take less offense. be present. now it’s getting fuzzy. part of it was self-study (svadyaya). Ok, so I got four out of six. 

It was a moving class, and it was refreshing to do things I don’t usually do. Lots of hip openers  — standing pigeon, reclining pigeon, and then regular pigeon, followed by downward dog split with the hip stacked — which is opposite the way I usually do it, but it was a great counterpose to pigeon, rather than a precursor to it. 

My big takeaway from the class came in the opening om. I realized that in my personal practice i haven’t been chanting, at least as long as I’ve been blogging about yoga (four days now). That is going to change. All we did was chant om, but it reminded me of the power of the chanting during the Dharma Mittra’s workshop. His chanting made me feel high. Spending an hour chanting along with Krishna Das CDs also has a similar effect. Chanting is the shit. It’s super powerful. It shifts energy and opens you up.

After class I went to Tyler’s and did some headstands with him and his kids. And somehow, I did my first tripod headstand. I’ve had a block against it for years. But I got into tripod crow with my back a couple of inches from a wall and then just miraculously lifted my feet up. I love doing something I didn’t think I could! 

I’ll leave you with a quote from Iyengar’s “The Tree of Yoga”:

“What is the right attitude and approach to the performance of an asana?

“You have to become completely and totally absorbed, with devotion, dedication, and attention, while performing the pose. There should be honesty in approach and honesty in presentation. When performing a pose, you have to findout whether your body has accepted the challenge of the mind, or whether the mind has accepted the challenge of the body. … The asana has to enshrine the entire being of the doer with splendour and beauty. This is spiritual practice in physical form.”

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