I saw a post from Sadie with a headline about Snoring! It caught my attention straight away as I’m so aware of it! I was in yoga class in Hamburg with my friend Mary, we were super excited as there’s was a gong session included. I love, love the gong…the sound sends me off into deep relaxation, I get the chance to completely let my mind, body and soul soak up the good vibrations.
I started relaxing once I heard the gong, but I also could hear myself snoring (like a snort!) so what did I do? I tried to control my snoring. All my energy now was going towards stopping myself from snoring, my body was tensing rather than relaxing as I was worried about how I might disturb the rest of the class.
When you go to a yoga class there’s a relaxation part at the end (called Savasana) where your lie on your mat, head is in line with the spine, arms out to the side – no pillow! Lying on the back can bring on snoring for some of us!
What is snoring but a bodily sound that needs to be released, it’s like joints cracking, breaking wind (yes this is a common one 😊) comparing ourselves to others.
So here I was in the gorgeous German countryside, tensing rather than relaxing. Once I became aware of what was happening, I decided to let go, I allowed myself to accept the healing sounds of the gong and relax into the class. Did I enjoy it, oh yes it was amazing..Nathalie lifted the roof off!
Yoga is a practice to support the body and mind, moving, detoxing, releasing tension, building patience, having fun learning new ways of being, most of all its acceptance, accepting ourselves and others.
When YOU come to class the space is yours, choose what you need and want. It may be an escape from everything, you may want to push yourself to release the day or learn techniques that allow you to accept your own snoring or the person beside you, all of it is accepted.
‘Remember you can’t fart and belch at the same time’ Brendan Grace.