Well here I am, day 20 of 30 straight days of hot yoga at Moksha Yoga Los Angeles, and as I laid on my mat before class, I brought my attention to different parts of my body. To my feet, my legs, my abs, my shoulders, my head, and I noticed by simply bringing awareness to my feet for example, without changing them, they relaxed. Suddenly my body temple was grounded on the mat, eyes closed, and everything was relaxed. It felt lovely to lay there, my throat felt sore, but that was okay. But as I laid there, I noticed a presence, that was alert, calm, and ready. So I decided that would be in my practice today, that alert presence. I would be alert to now.
Joe our teacher entered the room and discussed with us many reminders, but one in particular was that the breath is powerful, that yoga is sustained through the breath, through the inside out. The practice is within out. The expression is from within, then comes the physical. As we moved through our practice today I noticed this alertness in each pose, and this alertness, awareness, seems to notice and adjust in the presence with out effort, but when my mind is engaged in the pose, I become willful and push the pose. So I became aware of two movements within my practice, one subtle and quiet, and the other loud and pushy. Now the thing that helped me when I recognized the pushy part was first becoming aware of it, then breathing with it, and then the alignment comes. I was in down dog and my shoulders intuitively went back and in, I was aligned. It felt great. The discovery today of this alert presence led to something quite wonderful towards the of practice, we closed our eyes and Joe our teacher wanted us to feel the breath in the body, suddenly I became aware of the power of the breath and the fragility of the body.
David Matthew Brown- Practicing the presence on the his mat.