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Posted 05-19-2016

We live in a world full of distractions. Texting, social media, new television shows, new movies, the next "big" life drama...the list goes on and on. As a yoga teacher for the past 14 years and a practitioner for the past 18, I have seen the state of the distracted mind get seemingly worse and worse. It was challenging for students to hold their attention through five rounds of pranayama back in 2004, now it is nearly impossible to get my newest students through even three rounds without someone checking their phone (no phones are allowed in class), looking at the clock several times or staring down everyone around them. Just this week several students spent an entire 90 minute class texting, checking their Facebook pages and talking to one another during class - even when asked to refrain from doing these activities. They just couldn't stop themselves from pushing the button on their phone and seeing who had texted them even though their phones were off. And this morning's commute was snarled by a four car fender bender that happened because two of the drivers were texting and on the internet while driving in traffic. In some ways these situations bring up in me the thought that it is not entirely their fault - our culture and society have created a world of distractions and encouraged us to use them! This state of being in the modern world has taught me to be more patient with my students as they learn how to re-train their attention to be present with one thing at a time. I continuously focus my classes on guiding students into the present moment through feeling the movement of their breath and the sensations in their body. But it has also left me curious about the nature of distractions and how we can work to improve our attention.


Featured Event

The Compass of Ceremony co-taught with Jerusha Rone - May 20-22, 2016 - Moksha Yoga 700 N Carpenter - Chicago, IL

Forrest Yoga teachers Jerusha Rone and Allison English return to Moksha! They are joining forces to bring you a weekend of ceremony and practice. Come learn how to interweave the power of ceremonial intent with your physical practice following a map provided by the teachings of each direction. $190 whole weekend, $40 per session (discounts for Moksha Members) Reserve your spot.

Friday May 20 - 6:30-8:30pm - Allies of Ceremony - An introduction to Forrest Yoga chanting and ceremonial calling of sacred space

Saturday May 21 - 10am-12pm - Opening East - A core-centered asana practice to connect you to new beginnings and lightness

Saturday May 21 - 2-4pm - Moving South - An inversions practice to learn about lightness and moving with emotions

Sunday May 22 - 10am-12pm - Embracing West - A deep twisting and hip opening class to connect to letting go

Sunday May 22 - 2-4pm - Seeing North - A backbending practice to help feed your Spirit wisdom