The yoga high of wanderlust is definitely wearing off and some experiences has definitely already worn off. The golden nugget I will leave you with is the concept of meditation. I was really excited to finally take a “real” meditation class from a “real” meditation teacher. I say “real” because I have never taken a dedicated meditation class besides one that is infused in with a yoga class.
Demetri Velisarius, is a Danda Yoga Flow and a Buddhist meditation teacher. I was a little hesitant about the class because I couldn’t contemplate how I was going to “sit” for 2 hours when I could barely sit for 30 minutes. To my surprise his approach was very different from what I had expected. I enjoyed it. We asked what is considered meditation? There’s always a difference in opinion whether “real” meditation requires one to sit on a cushion for a specific amount of time while others believe a moving meditation (whether that’s yoga, gardening, walking, etc) is a “real” meditation. His response? It doesn’t matter. A successful meditation is one that brings you into full awareness of yourself whether you focus on your breath or watch your fleeting thoughts or body sensations. It’s that time when you stop talking to or listening to that monkey in your mind.
I was elated to hear that. In my experience, if I force myself to sit, it doesn’t work. The nugget I want to leave you with is this…. sitting meditation in intervals. We did this in the class and I loved it. We sat for 5-10 minutes at a time with a few moments to a minute off. During the transition time, you allow yourself to move, re-adjust your position, or simply to take the “pressure” off… you’re still in full mindful state so doing jumping jacks in between would probably not be effective. As you progress, you can increase your intervals of sitting.
I’m certainly adding this to my bag of tricks when it comes to meditating on the cushion. If you’re not a big cushion person like me, rest assured that it’s not the end of the world and you’re not doomed to never find enlightenment. I had the opportunity to talk with Toe Socks Queen, Kathryn Budig and even this celebriyogi doesn’t sit on a cushion too often. Her secret? Meditation is everywhere… in everything you do. Being at the top of the mountain certainly helps.