Today is my second day in Santorini on a pretty amazing yoga retreat. This island is just incredible and the retreat has exceeded my expectations in every sense. One area of my yoga that seems to be getting better is the inner practise. I mean, I love the Asana – I will attempt any arm balance and relish in holding warrior until I’m shaking but I often shy away from the mental calmness and meditative side of yoga.
I find it so difficult to turn my mind off and just be still – Savasana is for sure my most challenging pose. Even now I’m by the pool and I can’t just be and sunbathe in silence…..I have to be moving about, exploring or writing this post!
It got me really thinking about the relationship between exercise and our mind and whether we ever relax living in London. London is always go go go. Tubes are packed, hours are long and people are manic – so it’s no wonder that we don’t know how to relax, switch off and unwind.
I have a pretty stressful job in the sense that the hours can sometimes be anti social and the people often frustrating. For me I love nothing more than heading to the gym and lifting heavy to get all angst out of my body, or resetting my body on the mat and it really seems to do the trick for me.
However being here has made me realise I have no control over my mind at all. It is constantly racing with a million thoughts and I never give my body the chance to fully engage with a work out because I’m too preoccupied with what is coming next. My mission this week is to slow down. To leave the mental ness of London behind for just a week and hopefully learn the skills to incorporate mindfulness into my daily life in London when I’m back.