I read somewhere that a tiny step of courage is always a good place to start, and on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 I took a tiny step of courage. If there is one thing that Yoga has taught me it is how to allow myself to thread the line between holding on and letting go. The latter being the most difficult for most.
After Breathe was discontinued, I wanted to deepen my practice so I took time off teaching public classes and generally socializing to a large extent. I wanted to deepen my practice, travel and engage with other remarkable souls on the road – I traveled to three countries and this opened me up in new ways. I simply wanted to strip and deconstruct my yoga practice as well as my 2018 journey, and I wanted a reflection of this on the new project.
On Sunday night, I stood in a room full of beautiful people welcoming them to my expression of yoga – a space where all can feel safe to practice yoga and be mindful – and in the middle of the ’speech’ I choked. I was lost for words. I was overwhelmed by the love and support.
For the past couple of months, I had been working on this new project called The Yoga Spot. While working on the project I started setting expectations, while this is normal, I noticed that I was trying to force things into place. I was under a lot of pressure and then one day I told myself ‘stop, Michael.’ You have to approach this project, this venture Mindfully. I think we look at mindfulness a lot during practice and once off the mat it flies off the window especially in the middle of chaos or uncertainty. So I decided to be mindful about everything. I made a conscious decision to be a lot more mind off the mat.
Our opening was a reflection of this growth in mindfulness, and you know that thing they say about projecting your light to space and other?.
Jon Kabat Zinn defines mindfulness as:
in the present moment, and
I like this definition because it allows us to see exactly what the components of mindfulness are. Through this definition, Jon shows us that there are three specific ways in which our attention ‘shifts gears’ when we practice mindfulness.
The evening was blissful as Daryn one of the studio’s lead instructor ‘saged’ the studio before taking attendees on a 40 minutes journey of loving-kindness meditation. A 15 minutes session of Yin Yoga stretches followed after which people just connected with each other and experienced the space.
Oprah once said “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.”
With fingers crossed I am mindfulness taking this Oprah’s quote to the bank and looking to manifesting all dreams I have for The Yoga Spot.
The Yoga Spot is located at Lekki-Epe Phase 1, Lagos and we are looking to practice with you, your family, friends and your organization.
I love you.
Stay mindful, stay motivated.