Where is your attention? “The mind is capable of having two states based on two distinct tendencies. These are distraction and attention. At any one moment, however, only one state prevails, and this state influences the individual’s behavior, attitudes, and expressions.” So states T.K.V. Desikachar in his commentary of Yoga Sutra 3.9, in The Heart of Yoga.
The Sanskrit word drishti means “to gaze.” Gazing with the eyes narrows the field of view and trains our minds to concentrate, which can be thought of as voluntary attentiveness. When the physical eyes are gazing (or closed) then the “mind’s eye” or inner eye can turn its attention inward to focus on the breath, the energy/body in a particular asana, or on the object of meditation or contemplation. When the mind is focused and attentive, our energy is less dissipated and we feel a sense of accomplishment.
September is a month of transition as we move from summer to fall. Transitions can feel unsettling as we embrace change (or resist if you prefer ☺). However, the practice of focusing your attention on your chosen goal at the beginning of each day will help you to feel centered and grounded. Ready, Aim, Practice!
Please note that we have added a new Friday, 9:30 a.m. gentle class with Angie: this class will meet in the other studio space at Dance Images while Kathy Wise-Leonard teaches an adult ballet class in her space. See the list below for September highlights and the calendar (https://4yoga.me/calendar/) for a full schedule.
September guest teachers and special events:
- Monday, 9/3 (Labor Day): 9:00 a.m. mixed level class with Kim (everyone welcome)
- Thursday, 9/6: 9:30 a.m. gentle class with Kathie Downs
- Friday, 9/14: 6:45 p.m. yoga talk and meditation following yin class with Erica (everyone welcome, no charge)
Classes meet at Dance Images (1803 Creason Street, Bowling Green, KY), and the fee for each class is $5. If you have any questions or feedback for us, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to one of us before or after class. We hope to see you in September!