Life is full of so many magical moments but because I often find it hard to be present, these moments sometimes feel like a distant memory before they have passed. My mind likes to reside in the future. If i’m not thinking about tomorrows workout, i’m thinking about my next blog post and if i’m not thinking about either of those things, it’s because I am asleep.
Running helps me to relax and focus on the now, but seeing as I can’t spend every hour of each day running, I have found other ways to unwind and one of those ways is through Hot Yoga. I used to turn my nose up at Yoga but after a Hot Yoga session at TriYoga, I have fallen in love with the exercise that I used to loathe, because it has helped me to understand the importance of living in the moment.
I have done Yoga and Hot Yoga before, but I have never been particularly fond of it due to a lack of focus. The slow pace and low intensity of Yoga leaves room for my thoughts to fill my head and it’s only a matter of minutes before I’m distracted by the uber flexible and spend the entire session watching them in the mirror. When I arrived at TriYoga Chelsea, I noticed that the studio didn’t have any mirrors so I placed my mat at the front of the class, underneath the teachers nose so that I would be forced to concentrate.
We completed Vinyasa Flow sequences as the rain pitter-patted against the windows and onto the cobbled streets of London. I’m not particularly flexible, but what I like about hot Yoga is that the heat makes your muscles relax and you will be surprised at your own flexibility. I’m not saying that you will go from not being able to touch your toes to doing the splits, but you will be able to stretch deeper and hold the poses for longer.
We ended the session with a short relaxation period and my mind was so still, I may or may not have fallen asleep for a few minutes…I’m not quite sure what happened, I just remember opening my eyes to see everyone starting to rise.
I left the studio feeling completely worn out from stretching in the heat, but I also felt content with life. I spent the journey home feeling proud of what I have already achieved in life and instead of making detailed plans for the next steps that I need to take, I let my mind remain present. I wanted to live in the moment, and not let another piece of magic pass me by, because I was preoccupied with the future and where I would like to be.
I initially went to Tri-Yoga to give my poor muscles a good stretch, but I didn’t realise that it would soothe my mind as well as my muscles.
I think everything was put into perspective when I unexpectedly bumped into my boyfriend when he was on his way home from work. My stomach fluttered as our eyes met and when a smile flashed across his face, I knew that his thoughts were in sync with mine. The present is beautiful, our present is beautiful.
“Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”. Alex Hitchens- Hitch