The other day I went to a yoga practice with one of my favorite people @inna.yoga.miami
What I like about her classes is the stillness. Her style consists of staying in the same position for a determined amount of time. So it's essentially a moving meditation.
What kept me going back to her classes was that I was finding myself getting into a comfortable place mentally in a clearly not physically comfortable position.
A good example is a full split (I am not a very flexible person #noshame). Being in this position made me so uncomfortable, but slowly I learned to relax in it, and even more than that, I started to see how my body was giving me more and more each time, and I could go deeper into the pose.
I believe that's the beauty of the body. It speaks to us in such subtle ways.
Going back to that day, the practice was about inversions (headstands, which is turning your body upside down). Generally, in this type of class, I just lay there or try for a hot second with the help of a wall. Mostly, I hang out there and wait until that part of the class is over.
That day the teacher asked me, "Why don't you try?" My answer was: "No, I can't. I will fall."
She said, "Try, I got you."After that, I started to try by kicking my legs up while she grabbed me. I immediately started to scream, "I'm gonna fall, I'm gonna fall."
She said, "Donna, you are not going to fall. I am here holding you. Try and feel your body upside down."And wow! I felt it. It felt amazing.
Often, I feel that I often forget to enjoy the process or at least pay attention to it.
My point with this experience is that we often miss out on the process because we focus all of our attention on the outcome.
Now I know the process is the true outcome.