‘Reflection is looking in so you can look out with a broader, bigger, and more accurate perspective.’
– Mick Ukleja and Robert Lorber
This morning’s class had a bit of a different spin on it. As we sat waiting for Sarge to gong the bowl, signalling the start of a few minutes of silent meditation, I think we well all surprised to see her dragging a rather large skeleton into the studio. Actually, that’s a lie; almost nothing Sarge does surprises us. We are, after all, taught to learn to live with mystery!
The skeleton prompted a meditation focusing on our spine; the ‘bowl’ of our hips, the space between our vertebrae, the curve of our back… We were asked to get a vision and sense of our spine as it moved through the poses today.
Quite often I think we take the inside of our bodies for granted. I was lucky enough to be led through a similar mediation with Susan in a recent teacher training weekend (try calling her ‘Susan’ after a few weeks of bootcamp and try not to answer ‘yes, Sarge!’ to every question – that requires some mindfulness!). At the time (and again today) I was filled was an immense sense of gratitude for my bones. It’s an amazingly different perspective to have of your body. We place so much emphasis on our external appearance sometimes. I love how yoga teaches me to look in.