so this week, i've dedicated all my classes to the intention of surrender. and not the kind of surrender that means just giving up and throwing in the towel. the surrender that comes with softening the body, accepting the pose and releasing into it with no expectations or force.
here are some of the poses we've focused on during class
natarajasana (dancer pose)
plank into chatarunga
vasisthasana (side plank)
eka pada rajakapotasana (1 leg king pigeon)
*we added a forward bend to this
we also did a lot of moving core work and downward dogs.
the entire time, we focused on creating calmness and softness within each asana. we used our breath to guide us deeper into our hip openers, to give us grounding in our balances and strength in our plank work.
when you feel as though you are struggling or muscling through a pose, smile, bring peace to your face and focus on softening throughout your entire body. trust that you will move into the pose without having to push against it.
i try to set intentions at the beginning of each class. so this week we set the intention to surrender. let go. whether its a demanding asana or a fight with a friend or a looming work project, don't worry about forcing a conclusion. trust the process and learn to let go. sometimes letting go is the most powerful thing we can do for ourselves.