Finding stillness is a key part of your Yoga practice, no matter the class style or length of said class. Be it Hot Power, Restorative or Vinyasa it is important to find stillness in your body and your mind.
Classes vary in times from 60 minutes to 75 minutes and even 90 minutes. A 60 minute class may seem too short for you to find stillness, it may be just right or may be too long, but no matter the length, finding stillness should begin when you step on the mat. It is important to ease your mind, relax your body and set an intention to help pause the forward movement of momentum that you may experience day to day. If you find it difficult to find stillness, we are going to give you some tips on how to find stillness. Here is how to slow down and be still in a 60 minute Yoga class to ensure you are grounded and present.
Find your breath
In Yoga, it is very important to find and focus on your breath. Make sure your breath is not labored. Feel your breath deep inside, through the nose, out the mouth and in the back of your throat. In order to find and maintain stillness,focus on your breath through the entire class. Make sure you are continuing to breathe and controlling your breath. This should be natural, do not let it take away from the stillness that you have found in your mind and body.
Ease your mind
Start by clearing the thoughts and task from the day you have had or the day you have ahead. Wipe away the worries or the to-do list you have looming over you and take a deep breath. Focus on the here and now not the past or future. It is important to be present during your practice to help you find stillness.
Relax your body
If you sit at a desk all day for work or are constantly on the move, make sure you release the tension you may be holding in your body. Start with finding the mat below you. Wiggle your toes and feel where your feet meet the mat. Find your legs, then your core, then shoulders all the way to the top of the head. Wiggleyour arms and fingers to finish the connection from head to toe. Take a deep breath and relax your body while you are waiting for your Yoga teacher to begin. You can flow through Downward Dog to Chaturanga to open up your ribs and stretch your body to prepare for mindful movement. Beginning your practice in Childs Pose is a great way to find stillness. Relax your body and sink into the pose while you clear your mind. Make sure while you are in Childs Pose your mind is clear. Maintaining a clear and conscious mind with a relaxed and grounded body is vital to finding stillness in your practice.
Set an intention
To set an intention for your practice by bringing awareness to a quality or virtue that you want to cultivate more of in your life. You can change the intention of each practice, your intention does not have to be the same each flow but it is very important to set one. Setting an intention helps you find stillness by bringing focus to the here and now that is your practice and the purpose of your practice.
If you find it hard to remain still during Savasana or when you are completing more challenging poses that require balance, you can try using props. Again, make sure your mind is cleared, your body is relaxed and you are focusing on your breath. You can then use props like Yoga blocks to support your limbs and neck during moments of rest or for finding balance in the body during movement. Remaining relaxed, supported and balancedcreates and motivates stillness.
Try not to worry, do not focus on anything but the here and now that is your practice. In order to receive the full benefit from a 60 minute class it is essential to find stillness. If you try some of these tips and tricks you will find yourself able to more easily find stillness no matter the vigor or length of the class.
Try putting these tips to use and find stillness in your next 60 minute Yoga class with us here at Om On Yoga. Check out our schedule to plan your next flow or drop in for a class on the day of if you are needing to be still and present!