Days 11 to 13 – Happy Hatha Yoga
Today’s class is based on the Yoga Sutra 1:33: “By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked (aka mean people), the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.”
I did this class at 5am in the morning …
My advice to you would be, DO NOT do this class upon rolling out of the bed (and quite literally onto the mat) at 5am in the morning. Holy abdominals!
Happiness quota? Ten fold (once I was off the mat). 😉
Smiling reduces stress-related hormones, slows your heart rate and may temporarily reduce your blood pressure. This helps to boost your immune system and overall health. There is evidence that those who often smile may live longer, happier lives.
After being jolted awake for Day 11, I decided that I would do Day 12’s practice in the afternoon as from previous experience I find that it’s always easier to practice when you’ve been up and moving about for a decent period of time. Think of your body like a motor vehicle, the car always runs far more smoothly once it’s warm.
Once started I was glad I’d decided to wait it’s another practice that starts out pretty full on (holy back muscles) and then just keeps going ..
Happiness quota? Well I was certainly happy I wasn’t doing this practice with a cold engine.
Like attracts like!
Now this would be the perfect early morning practice. It starts out slow (the back opening using props is AMAZING) and revs up as time goes on. Perhaps my fave class so far, even though back bends aren’t really “my thing”.
Happiness quota? This one made me happy from the get go.
Till next time