You know how in yoga they always say, use your breath, flow with your breath, one pose to one breath. As much as I’ve always believed that that is true, I’ve never been very good at the whole breathing thing. I have actually passed out on multiple occasions because I stop breathing or forget to breath. I know it’s weird but it’s true.
One day after one of my yoga classes was over, I heard the teacher helping another girl with a pose she was working on, and she said to really focus on her breath, and that had helped her get into difficult poses. Now, they say that all the time in class, but something about how she said it at that moment really stuck with me.
So in my next class (and every class from then on) I’ve been really trying to focus on my breathing during yoga. That very next class, I had one chaturanga flow — one, out of the entire class — where my breath and flow synched up perfectly and took me to a magical yoga place. I’m serious. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced in yoga. The only thing that has ever come close to the same feeling is when I ran 8 miles while training for the Nike Half Marathon.
That one chaturanga flow made me feel like I was weightless. It was truly an out-of-body experience. My body was just moving on it’s own, and it wasn’t even hard for me. It didn’t feel like I was putting in any effort. Then it went away. Now that I know that there is this other level, I spend every class trying to get back to it. I have yet to get back there since.
Does anyone know what I’m talking about? Have you ever experienced it?
Photos by Laura Metzler