Recently, we posted an article about The Beauty of Repetition, written by Joanna Thurlow Murphy of Moksha Yoga Halifax Joanna’s thoughts really hit home for me. Most of the time, my practice is consistent and reliable, something I return to again and again for wellness, peace, challenge, mindfulness, and so many other benefits. Its familiarity is integral to my experience of that happy, balanced, “yoga feeling,” that sends me beaming from the hot room, out into the rest of my day.
Sometimes, though, it feels great to shake it up a little and try something different. I checked out a few of the alternative classes offered by Moksha Yoga Burnaby, and found out that I like them too!
Get Funky on Friday
Fridays at 11:30 it’s the teacher’s choice of music and sequencing. I tried a Yang-Yin class led by Laura, featuring her own playlist. The yoga was different from the familiar Moksha sequence. For the first part of the class I felt challenged to move in a different pattern, and hold poses that I had not tried before. The music was cool – cover versions of songs by some of the best-loved recording artists of all time. My brain woke up, guessing and connecting, “Who wrote that? Who’s singing that?” Then came the Yin in the second part of the class – slow, sloth-like movement and long, melting holds. It felt great to be in the room with people I know, discovering some new moves and some new music. There was a bit more student sound in the class too – mostly laughter and “aha!” sounds as we moved and grooved together. I felt like I got to know Laura better too. And the music? The Spotify playlist is shared in the Moksha Sangha Shenanigans Facebook Group.
Another week, I tried Shayla’s Funky Friday class. Shayla’s playlist suffused the room with a feeling of warmth, energy and support, as she guided us through the practice. This time, I tried a series of poses that explored twists – I didn’t know there could be so many different ways! As well, Shayla introduced us to some deep stretches for the psoas (muscles that connect our lumbar spine to our femur bones) that felt challenging but gooooood! Throughout the practice, I felt an excitement in the room, as the community breathed together, explored new poses and sensation, and lots of smiles in shared new discovery!
Yoga on Tap? What’s up with That?
Sometimes, on a Sunday morning, you can go to Steamworks Brewery on William Street in Burnaby and taste beer while you do a Moksha practice. I’ve gone to this a couple of times now, it is so much fun! The class takes place before the tasting room is open for regular customers. The tables are moved to the side, and we practice right there, with a tasting flight at the top of each mat. Our host from Steamworks gives a brief description of the craft beers selected for the class, then our instructor leads us through the Moksha sequence, with beer tasting integrated into the practice. After the yoga, we are led into the back, for a tour of the brewery and an explanation of how the beer is made. Steamworks is a “bring your own grub” venue, so you can stay after with friends, order in some lunch, or enjoy a snack that you have packed with you. One of my favourite things about Yoga on Tap? Mokshis are there, discovering their favourite yoga in a new place, with a new twist. Steamworks fans are also there, discovering Moksha Yoga in one of their favourite places. It’s a great way to meet new people, and share things we enjoy.
Best news: We have a Yoga on Tap session scheduled for Sunday May 28, 10:30am at Steamworks in Burnaby. You can reserve your spot here. Get ready for fun, and make sure to show up a few minutes early, especially if it’s your first time.
The quieter you become, the more you can hear.
I found this quote, written on the changeroom mirror before I headed in the Moksha Silent practice, early Monday morning. I have attended a few silent classes, and have found in them a beautiful place for connection, reflection and peace. The instructor joins in the practice, guiding with minimal verbal cues. In the long, slow spaces of quiet, there is so much to hear: breath, heartbeat, the vibrant presence of others around me. Beyond hearing, there are sensations: energy, awareness, challenge, release.
On the MYB Facebook page you will find a link to an article about some of the benefits of spending time in silence. You can read it here. In silence, there is so much to be found. If you have not experienced a silent practice, it’s worth getting up early on a Monday to find out what it’s all about.
Some of the Same, Some of the Different
If you are like me, you will feel that no two Moksha Practices are really ever the same. Every time I find myself on the mat, it’s a new experience. Familiar place, familiar poses, familiar people, a different experience each time.
Some days, a totally different experience is just what I want. On those days, I am glad to get funky, be sudsy, embrace silence. If you haven’t already, please join me and give it a try. There’s always more to discover in the journey of finding that “yoga feeling.”
What have you experienced in the varied offerings at MYB? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!