Here and now

When I walk into the yoga room before I teach a class, I take a moment to observe the energy in the room - are they chatty and laughing and light? Are they sitting silent or laying on their backs? Are they on their phones? Are they already in pigeon pose? This subtle observation allows me to speak to what is needed to be said. That's the beauty of vinyasa flow. You can talk about whatever the hell you want to talk about. Last night what was needed to be said was Be Here Now. Also an excellent Ray Lamontagne song. 

There are three places we can be. In the past, reminiscing that conversation or beating ourselves up over something that didn't go as we planned or hoped. The past feels like holding on, tight. In the future, worrying about things that haven't even happened yet. The future feels anxious, scatterbrained. Or here. Now. In your body. That's the jackpot. Everything exists in the now. Now feels good. That's a central reason why yoga is so breath-focused - if you're seriously focused on breathing in and breathing out, you have no choice but to be present.


The poses you pick can also signal where you are in your life. If you're pushing for handstand without taking the time to do the prep work (practicing hamstring opening, breath work, etc) because you want it so badly, you're not operating in the present. The present means being mindful of where your body is right now.

Or sometimes it shows up as you giving so much to other people that you lose sight of what you need, and what makes you you starts to slip away. And you wonder why you're confused about what you're doing with your life or where you're going. 

The easiest way to know where you are is to tune into your physical body sensations. Listen to the messages your body is telling you. And if you're not in the now, asking yourself... what do I need to do to let go of what I'm holding onto? Maybe it's a yoga class or a surf session or a morning hike. For me, it's usually quiet solo reflective time - a bike ride or a walk. Get to know you. It's your responsibility to be able to recharge yourself so you can be here and show up for everyone else in your life. 

The very act of paying attention to your body changes your experience.
— Diane Heller