Today I went back to Orlando Power Yoga for what we referred to as The Triple Threat 2.0. This is the second time we did this. The triple threat is where you take three yoga classes back to back to back. Someone asked me in class why we were doing it, and I really did not have a good answer for her. The question stuck in my head though.
I started to think of what the point is to pushing ourselves to a breaking point. I started to think of the body and mind connection. I then started to think of a puppy who has been locked up in a house all day while you were at work. When you get home the puppy is so excited to see you. He jumps, bites, runs around in circles. He is filled with anxiety, excitement, and all these joyful emotions. At this point the puppy probably has a hard time listening to you. If you take the puppy out for a walk and give him the exercise he starts to calm down. He begins to become alert to what you are saying. If you take him out for 5 hours. He becomes exhausted he eventually just wants to sleep.
I have found a relationship between pushing myself to my limit in yoga. It seems that when I do push my body my mind starts to calm down. My mind begins a class anxious and excited like the puppy. As I continue to go through the yoga postures it begins to stop over thinking and focuses rather on the breath and postures. It thinks less and I can start to fall into meditation or sleep much easier. There is a limit though. I think part of doing three classes in a row is looking to see where that limit is. Looking to see where my mind connects with my body. Looking to see where I can find calmness and stillness while still pushing myself.
The second and I think bigger part is community. I realized when I was in Colorado how important this yoga community is to me in Florida There were about 14 of us who went through the triple threat. We all were doing this together, we were all moving together, and we were all breathing together. The second class had about 70 people in it. It is great to listen to an ohm chant with that many people.
I was not tired after the triple threat. I actually felt really good. Life is good today.