Day 4: The Mind as an Observer

The Sunshine Team had Mondayitis today–and it was Tuesday! And yet there was a marvellous opportunity for true Yoga today. Perhaps the rush of Christmastime had jarred the recruits and kept them in their more external focus. The most important aspect to take out of today’s training was to take on the mind as an observer. New postures can bring up emotions. In yoga that is seen as valuable as it gives the yogi an opportunity to deal with those emotions in a controlled environment. Common responses are to become frustrated, upset, defensive, or angry. The beauty of Yoga Bootcamp is that you can roll through those reactions, guided by the Yamas and Niyamas.

When your Bootcamp Sergeant suggests you could go further, do differently, lift higher, move the belly button etc, it is to send you inside yourself. Your response to take you mind back in to your nervous system (which in turn controls your muscles) and wonder and ponder “how could this be?, how could this happen? how could this be achieved”. It is a wonder, a ponder, a silent and still questioning…creating a space from which the answer will come. And the answer will come back through the body–not through the intellect. You wonder, “How could I possibly lift higher?”. You wait. Response AHA! Suddenly the muscles find a little more stretch, a little more strength. That, my dear recruits and readers is the true mind-body connection.

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