You know… It has come to my attention that A LOT of people don’t know how to mediate. And I used to be one of them. That was before I got into waking myself up with a daily guided mediation by one of my favorite gurus, Deepak Chopra. His slow and calm voice brings me through a gentle thought process that helps me to become aware of a deeper sense of myself and a resonating feeling of complete peace.
However, I am going to be honest with you and tell you that I have only stepped foot inside ONE yoga class. One. Let me tell you that I have done numerous flow sessions in my own living room with instructors on DVD, and am able to do a variety of postures and poses alone out in serene environments like the forest and on top of large rocks. But when I attempted to take yoga classes, time after time I would peer into the open doors of classrooms drawn in my the smell of potent incense but when I got there these were the words that kept me from actually participating – “Breathe in happiness, breathe out anger.”
Not to offend anyone (because I love me some patchouli and flowers in my hair) but it was way to hippie for me. I just couldn’t fully soak up that some person was going to guide me through a type of psychological and spiritual process, I just wanted the release that the physical aspect of yoga provides. If that person maybe said something like “Breathe in strength, breathe out Bull$h!t” I might have gone into the room and grabbed a mat.
Then I realized that there were a number of yoga classes out there that catered to people like me. In fact, just like me. I’m a diehard metal head even though it’s been a while since I had endless black locks and wore chains, but I still find metal music very calming.
If you’re like me and have been thinking about taking yoga or are interested in the numerous health and physical cross training benefits it offers, you might want to consider that you can do asanas to the comforting tones of Zakk Wylde’s guitar, Phil Anselmo’s vocals and perhaps even Joey Jordison’s drum kit.
You might become empowered by this music and learn to stand in Warrior I much better than in other types of yoga classes. If metal isn’t your thing check out a Yoga Rave. They are popping up all over the U.S.
Just remember, yoga is one of the best workouts you can do to improve flexibility, strength and balance and it’s great for recovering from injuries (as well as preventing them). So don’t count yoga out if you’re as intimidated as I was by a traditional style. There is something for everyone!