Day 15: Yoga Clouds

One of the more enjoyable things about the meditative flow of vinyasa yoga is noticing the clouds of thoughts and images that drift in and out of your mind as you progress through your practice. It’s like a slow-motion movie of your subconscious mind. Thankfully, we are advised to acknowledge them briefly and then let them float on by. No need to fret, no need to detract from the flow, just nudge yourself to return to that hyper-sharp focus on the in and out of your breath, nothing more, nothing less. In the busiest time of the year, it is such a relief to get away from the thick cloud bank that stalls over your uber-active brain every minute of the day and night. Gifts to choose, gifts to purchase, gifts to wrap, holiday plans to make, holiday food to prepare, excited children to hear, exhausted spouses to love. Round and round it goes until you feel half crazy. Returning to your mat in a warm, spacious, blissfully calm room with great music washing over you and deep stretching to be felt from top to bottom and side to side, what better way to spend time. When we give ourselves permission to offload the clouds for a mere 75 minutes, it’s the best gift you can give yourself, and even more so, to your loved ones who have to live with you.