Samskaras

26 Aug

According to Yoga Journal , Samskaras are mental and emotional patterns though which we cycle over and over again during our lives. We are born with these karmic inheritance of mental and emotional patterns. Samskaras can also be individual impressions, ideas or actions; taken together.

As part of our first homework packet for Yoga Teacher Training, we were instructed to determine how we experience samskaras in our lives. So, I started thinking about everything I do in life: my daily routine (or lack of), my work schedule, my social life, my exercise regimen and my yoga practice. That’s when I realized my yoga practice needed some changing.

Over the past few months I have been attending the same yoga classes, with the same teachers. The reason isn’t because of my schedule, it’s because it’s easy and comfortable for me. After coming to this realization, I decided to bravely attend new classes last week.

Here is the start of my samskaras transformation:

Change One:

I took a dive into creating a home yoga/meditation practice, which is a requirement in YTT. Since my hip flexors have been bothering me, and I am still learning how to create a home yoga practice, I decided to find a hip-themed yoga video in YogaJournal.com’s wonderful LiveMag video collection. I started out the practice with a 15 minute meditation session, which was very challenging for me. I find it really hard to focus in my own home, when I know I have a lot of other things I need to get done. I am looking forward to learning more about meditation and hoping my practice will become easier for me. After the meditation session, I followed the Yoga Journal home practice video and was relieved that my hips felt stretched and relaxed after the sequence of poses.

Change Two:

Since the earliest yoga class I’ve attended at It’s All Yoga is 9:30 a.m., I decided to try out Kim Wagaman’s 8:30 a.m. class. As soon as I steped into the studio I felt a sense of warmth and comfort from everyone in the class. Kim introduced herself to me and said she was happy to have me in class, which is a great tone to set when attending a new class. As I walked to grab a mat and props I noticed Kiah on her mat against the wall. I was excited to see a fellow YTT classmate in the class! I laid out my mat next to Kiah’s and she gave me a little background info on Kim’s class since she frequently attends. Overall, I enjoyed the class and Kim’s teaching style. It was refreshing to try a new class and teacher, and I am looking forward to going back.

The changes I made were minimal, but taught me a lot about getting into ruts or having habits in life. I am now on the mission to find samskaras I have emotionally, which is more challenging, and work on shifting them. Wish me luck! 🙂

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