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SoCS: Panting in Yoga Class

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is the word, “pant,” brought to you by Linda Hill at:  https://lindaghill.com/2017/08/18/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-aug-1917/

I’ve been getting back into yoga lately, going to a class about once a week. Usually I go to a “gentle” class or something called “flow.” But last week I decided to try something different: kundalini yoga. WP says I didn’t spell it right. Who cares. The class theme for that day was letting go of anger. At one point we were pounding our  fists on blankets and I almost started crying, because that’s what I often do when I’m angry, cry. There was a lot of breath work, too. At another point, the instructor had us panting like dogs with our tongues sticking out.

Happy Dogs by Ayla

A photo by my daughter, Ayla, who loves dogs.

I like dogs. No, I love dogs. But I’m not that good at panting. It reminded me of natural childbirth all those eons ago. The childbirth panting helped for a while, but eventually I gave in and had a shot of stadol. With both births. Oh, well. The kundalini panting wasn’t so bad, but for the rest of the day and night, my throat was dry and scratchy. I hope I released lots of anger that I didn’t know I had all bottled up inside me.

The best thing I got out of this class was a chant that went,

“From now on, I send you only love.”

That’s for ourselves and anyone we had the anger at since I guess it’s gone now, right?  I was thinking I’d say that to myself in the mirror. “From now on, I send you only love.” And then maybe I’ll stick my tongue out and pant and laugh at myself. Laughter is the best medicine after all.

This morning I’m going to that same yoga studio (where I plan to stick with gentle and flow classes that my body has come to crave – but not to the point of panting) and I’m facilitating a workshop called, “Finding Your Soulmate While Loving Yourself.” It’s based on what I learned in my life about that, which is all in my book, Trust the Timing. One thing that I’ve clarified as I’ve thought about the workshop is I moved from being cynical to being accepting of whatever God had planned for me as far as a soulmate was concerned. I found a place balanced between cynical and desperate. Because I really did NOT want to be desperate. That gets you in all kinds of trouble, panting after some guy…nope, not for me, not anymore. Never again.

If you’d like me to come to your town and do a workshop on soulmates or loving yourself, I’d be happy to consider it, especially if there is a beach or some mountains near where you live. We can do some guided imagery about loving yourself and/or being happy and cozy with your soulmate, but we will NOT do any panting. I promise.

From now on, I send you only love. Pant, Pant.

SOC winner 2017

Congratulations to J-Dub for our new SoCS Badge!

Here are the rules for the Saturday Stream of Consciousness:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

 

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

14 thoughts on “SoCS: Panting in Yoga Class

  1. Sending only love back to you JoAnna. This post makes me happy. Om, Om, Om – Peace to you.

  2. Today I decided to branch out a bit since I have a bit of time and I’m not sure why I have time today. Your post made me laugh about your description of panting in a yoga class. What will these instructors think of next.? I’ve never done yoga but there is a new thing in my town called Yoga Pod. I’ve no idea what that means but not long ago the back of my brain gave me the idea that maybe I should ex0lore the pod thing. I really need to have more energy and at my elderly age of 80 years I am still moving and puffing steam but some days I run out of steam faster than I would like. Perhaps I should give your panting exercise a try- maybe that would rev up my engine and give me more steam.

    So. I might even see about that book of yours since I like romantic stories even though I am no longer interested in personal romance. Sounds like a good read.

    I also liked the really good pic of the two huskies at least I think that’s what they are. Glad to know that you are a dog lover too.

    Best regards,
    Yvonne

    • Yes they are huskies. Dogs play a big part in my book along with growing up and a little bit of family history you might like. I don’t know what yoga pod is, but you’ve got me curious. At first I thought it was a podcast or video, but looking it up, it might just be the name of a place (like a pod of dolphins?) But either way, I’d start with a gentle or beginner class. A good yoga teacher will tell you to go at your own pace and modify if you need to. I think the panting went on too long for me and dried my throat out. Best wishes, Yvonne! I’ll be over to your blog shortly. 🙂

      • Thank you for the informative reply. The huskies and your book have me intrigued and I’ll get around to ordering it pretty soon. Thank you also for the follow. I don’t remember how I found you. It is quite strange since I generally know how I find and latch onto to a blog. And yes you are right about how to begin with yoga, I’m not young enough for anything except slow. I do have pretty good flexibility because I remain quite active. I just need stamina and to be able to feel relaxed.

        PS. Thanks for having a look at that puny post and for commenting. I’m capable of a better post that is informative but I’ve been stressed to the max the last 19-20 months with my son’s injury and then my sis’s stroke. I hope to soon get back to better posts. Take care, Yvonne

        • No need to apologize. Sometimes short and sweet posts are exactly what we need, especially when stressed. I hope and pray for healing in your family. ❤ You take care, too Yvonne.

  3. Loving yourself is good to remember.

  4. You are a true inspiration JoAnna! You have done what so many people cannot – live life as a learning experience 🙂
    I have a feeling had a attended that yoga class I might burst into laughter at the panting 😀 And put my feet up like a dog asking for belly rubs!

  5. This reminded me of my Mirror work I did upon myself with the guidance of Louise Hays Book, You can heal your life.. As I had difficulty loving myself, You are right laughter is the best medicine and learning to laugh at ones self, a great tester that you are healing..
    Love the dogs in the photo.. And wishing you happy days of panting, laughing and letting go.. ❤

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