Over the next seven weeks we will explore Jon Kabat Zinn 7 attitudes to bring to mindfulness practice from his book Full Catastrophe Living. As Jon Kabat Zin lays them out, they are: non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance and letting-go. As he explains, they are not independent of each other but weave into each other and depend on each other. Throughout this series we will explore how these concepts relate to yoga philosophy, your yoga practice, and your life off the mat. The first concept that we will explore in this hatha yoga class relates to the yogic concept of ahimsa or nonviolence and is called non-judging.
Your yoga practice offers the perfect place to practice non-judging. You can practice non-judging in your moment to moment experience of your body in your asana (yoga posture) practice. In today’s practice we will practice a pose called gomukhasana (cow’s face pose) which will give us the perfect opportunity to explore non-judging as you may be tempting to compare one side to the other. Also many people experience tight hips and tight shoulders and this class will give you the opportunity to let go of judgment about tightness in either of these areas of your body.
Yoga Postures or Asanas: Half Reclined Heroes Pose or Supta Ardha Virasana, keyhole or reclined pigeon, pigeon or eka pada rajakapotasana, lunge with eagles arms or anjaneyasana with garudasana arms, Shoulder Rolls, Chest opener, Cow’s face arms or Gomukhasana Arms, Rock the Baby, Half lotus hip opener, Shoulderstand or salamba sarvangasana, cow’s face pose or gomukhasana, savasana or corpse pose