I was asked a few weeks ago to come up with a title for my short workshop at the Pittsburgh Yoga Expo and in preparation for this Sunday's event, I've been teaching from that concept in my classes this week. The workshop is titled "To Whom it May Concern." A bit of word play on creating salutations from our yoga mats.
We are all likely familiar with the traditional Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations) A & B, and perhaps Chandra Namaskara (Moon Salutations), but if you've taken any of my classes, with all due respect to the traditional salutation sequences, you know that I tend to veer from them a bit. That will be the case in the workshop too.
But there's more.
I've been asking my students this week to think about their relationship to their yoga mats. Going as far to ask at the end of class, if your mat were to compose a note to you starting with, To Whom it May Concern, a different type of salutation, what would it say!? One student said her's told her, "YOU ROCK!" and another responded that her's simply said, "thank you." How awesome are those responses!?
So, what does stepping on to your mat mean to you? How does your mat act as a type of mirror for you, reflecting back to you your challenges, your growth, your state of being? Sure, we flow through all sorts of physical postures on our mats, but, as always, it's not all about the asana. It's the way our practice shapes us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually and that's worth saying "hello!" to!