Sasha started our class with a deep hip opener- facing our mats, knees wide apart with feet flexed, supporting ourselves on our forearms. At first, this pose seemed like an unconventional start to class, but Sasha made a point of explaining why we were starting here: beginning in a challenging or intense pose draws us immediately in to our breath.
Interestingly, that’s exactly what Sasha’s class did for me. The graceful calm of her voice encouraged us to turn our attention inwards – beyond the intense heat, the pouring sweat, the burning muscles. In a challenging class, it’s easy to let your mind and breath run wild, but Sasha’s even tone and centered instruction kept guiding us back to our breath. The clear emphasis she put on instructing each inhale and exhale invited me to focus on the breath as the absolute most important aspect of this practice. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how many crazy arm balances or inversions you can bust out on your mat. All that matters is: breathe in, breathe out.
Have you taken class with Sasha?
When has focusing on your breath made an impact in your practice?
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