I was delighted to be able to attend my Hatha Yoga class at http://www.yoga4all.ie/ yesterday evening.
After a few hiccups in recent weeks, and a visit to Sweden, I was really missing guided practice. I get so much more from participating in a class than I do when I practice alone. There is always something to learn from the teacher.
I have been feeling physically tired and lethargic the past few days but fighting hard against it. The tiredness was making me snappy with my family, especially my mother and my son. I have been sleeping really deeply and waking with what feels like a hangover! I literally dragged myself along to yoga, because, although I felt exhausted, I just knew that it would make my mood improve. And as usual, that was what happened. I went in there feeling tired and a little down in the dumps and came out feeling elevated and alive.Okay, that feeling only lasted a few hours and I was in my bed asleep again by eleven but I was so so glad that I went.
The class also gave me the push I need to get back on the healthy eating track today. Suzanne led the class in a gentle, yet challenging routine and at one stage I had to face the mirror doing postures against the wall. I was shocked as I looked at myself doing a twisting posture. My hips looked positively humungous and thats after losing almost 17lbs! It inspired me to get back to the mindful way I have been eating in the last while. I am not focusing on the losing weight, or focusing on any particular diet. I am focusing on being more aware of each thing I choose to eat in my day.
Yoga is about the best thing I have found to change my mood. There really isn't anything else that can do so, so instantaneously, except maybe my little son's smile!