Learning by Observing: Kathryn Budig’s Sun Solutions at Yogani
Being injured is hard.
But I’ve learned it is ESPECIALLY hard when there is something you super duper duper want to do.
Why I was so excited:
- Kathryn Budig trained under Maty Ezraty, one of the founders of Yoga Works. (I am a Yoga Works certified yoga teacher.)
- The workshop was on alignment and breaking down sun salutations–something 9/10 yoga classes have a lot of.
- I have taken a ton of Kathryn’s classes on Yogaglo.com.
- I want Tampa Bay to continue to get “big” workshops! 😀
- To get some fitness on! Sun salutations are one of the best yoga physical highs to get the heart-rate pumping and the whole body moving!!
What the reality was:
- I couldn’t do any of the poses besides the ooey gooey final savasana. 🙁 BUT I learned greater body awareness and that it is A-OK to say “nope, that’s not happening.”
- I got to watch people do poses I only dreamed of!
- By watching, I was able to always have my notebook handy and wrote down some fantastic flows!
- I received some great Kathryn Budig words of inspiration. The first part to doing something hard, she says, is to start by saying “YES! I can TOTALLY do that!” And mean it. And then strive to do it. YES! I can totally do a handstand in my sun salutations. Just not today. But soon. Soon!
- Community is awesome. So many people asked me how I was, so many people were ready to help each other on their mats, so much positive energy. I had a yoga high just watching!!!
Injuries are hard, but the lessons they provide us only make us stronger. While I couldn’t get my sun salutations on with Kathryn Budig–I learned more about the postures and the breath by watching. I was still able to VISUALIZE myself doing the poses; and breathe with the same yogic awareness. And that was pretty incredible.
I can’t wait until July 10th when Kathryn Budig comes back to Yogani and Tampa to teach a master class focused on backbends. Fingers crossed I will be able to really participate!!!
Here’s some fun photos from the workshop:
Here’s a fellow runner yogi before class:
Kathryn helped us learn to engage the armpits! Good thing I could photograph it, since I couldn’t raise my arms up!
Kathryn broke down some fun variations of getting into chaturanga:
Beautiful variations of flows:
Have you ever attended a yoga workshop that you couldn’t take? How did it make you feel? Were you able to take away all the positives and not dwell in the “I can’t” attitude?