I've been looking forward to the yoga training at 7 Centers for months now... Because I've already taken the course, the school allows me to come in the mornings and practice with them... sadhana... done in silence and for 3 hours... I've done this a few times already, but never in the beginning of the year... I can't help thinking that this is going to jump start my year.. that it's going to make this year the best, most present one for me yet. :)
So, this morning I went to sadhana at 7 Center Yoga Arts Academy... my morning started at 3:30a.m... my alarm (The Beatles, "Across the Universe") went off at 3:40 a.m. but my body and mind were already up and ready 10 minutes before... I rolled out of bed and looked out of my window. The sky was a deep, dark, blue/black and the crescent moon shone brightly... I threw my robe on and then went to the kitchen...
I started the tea kettle, turned on an album titled, "Chakra Healing Chants", lit a rosemary/sage incense and then built a fire in the fireplace. I also began boiling a jar of coconut oil on my stove... allowing it to melt and become warm. I put my herbs in a tea ball, poured some water on it and let it steep while I made my way to the bathroom with it.
I started the shower in order to create heat and steam in the room and then dry brushed my skin... in circles and towards my heart. My skin felt so awake. I applied the warm coconut oil to my skin and joints, massaging it in... taking more time on sore areas like my shoulders, hamstrings and stomach. I put it on my hands and ran it threw my hair, taking more time to massage my scalp and my ears. It felt so good.
Then a took a warm shower and rinsed myself in cold water. I was absolutely awake at this point. :)
When I finished my shower, I took a sip of tea... tulsi... delicious.... and then used my neti pot and brushed my teeth. I scraped my tongue free of ama/toxins and then sat in the living room and watched the fire in the reflection of my window as I watched the moon fade away.
At 4:40 a.m. I went to 7 Centers and sat in a circle with 15 other people in complete silence. Eyes closed. Legs crossed... breathing... being. I felt so happy and full of love... my Venus mantra circled through my head with each inhale and exhale as we set in silence. Then as a group we chanted the Ganesha mantra and the student teacher chant... the class had such a voice! They weren't shy at all! That's a first for me. Usually on the first day you can hardly hear a students "OM"... not today.. there seemed to be lots of the Mercury energy (communication) in the room :)
After using the neti pot in the garden (I skipped this since I had done it already at home in order to avoid being in the chilly morning air for a long time) and cleaning our gums outside in the garden we came back in and practiced surya namaskara (sun salutations) and pranayama. 2 hours later I felt amazing.
I noticed during pranayama I felt this intense burning in my shoulder blades.... So I focused on it and mentally started sending all my prana to the problem area... after a period of time my concentration on the painful area ceased and I realized some time later that it didn't hurt anymore... my back was straight and my breath came easy and I was no longer in pain... :)
After the class I sat and spoke with Zac (the teacher) for a while and enjoyed every second of it. He made me feel so comfortable there and happy... After breakfast (chai tea, soaked almonds, a piece of apple with sunflower butter, amaranth, and a soft boiled egg) I said my goodbyes and now here I am. The view is amazing and I'm so full of energy and joy. I wish you could be here to partake of all my enthusiasm and happiness and I hope that you have an amazing morning as well.