Yoga Challenge- Class #8

On 12/30 the hubby and I flowed to live guitar music & singing in Justin K‘s C2 at Corepower Colorado Blvd.  It was a great class with lots of sweet detoxifying twists. 

Did you know how dang good twists are to your body?  Check out this article from Yoga Journal that says, “There are physiological benefits to the circulatory system and internal organs, structural benefits to the musculoskeletal system, and focusing benefits to your consciousness” and then it goes on and on about all the various benefits and how it works.  Even Iyengar gets in on it: “Indian yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar describes twists as a “squeeze-and-soak” action: The organs are compressed during a twist, pushing out blood filled with metabolic by-products and toxins. When we release the twist, fresh blood flows in, carrying oxygen and the building blocks for tissue healing. So from the physiological standpoint, twists stimulate circulation and have a cleansing and refreshing effect on the torso organs and associated glands.”

Yeah, I’m sure none of us need a good twist after the holidays! 🙂

Here’s a twist to try at home: Revolved Crescent Lunge

 

My aha moment during Justin’s class was after a very long and very quick flow (reminiscent of a tot trying to keep up with fast-forward-version of “Heads, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes”).  The room was panting, everyone had struggled, and after this particular flow, when we were sipping water & slowing the breath, Justin admitted that the purpose of that flow was to frustrate us.  For me, the frustration of trying to keeps up lets me practice letting go, lets me practice NOT leting myself get frustrated, lets me practice focus on my breath and ignoring the rest.  Having something challenge me keeps me hungry for more growth but at the same time keeps me humble.  It keeps me growing but also keeps me improving my ability to accept and let be what will be.  I love the dualities of yoga.

Thanks for a great class, Justin! You all should check out a class of his.  Fridays 8pm at Corepower Colorado Blvd in Denver.

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