Yoga in the dark

For a while I didn’t realise that one of the main reasons why people keep coming to my class was the fact that it is taught in the darkness with a few candles around the stage. Than a feedback from one of my clients “If I don’t see others, others don’t see me and I feel less self conscious” gave me a wake up call. In the darkness there is no judgement, no comparing, no criticising of your own reflection – you are perfect just the way you are, unconditionally.

When I set up the room before the session, first things I do is turn off the light, and it instantly helps me to be more aware and calmer. Lighting up incense sticks, candles, putting on a selection of yoga tunes, rolling out my mat.. and the magic begins. When people come into the room, they instantly start talking quiter or whisper, they sit down or lye down, close their eyes and leave the day behind, ready to turn their attention inward. It also helps the group to stay keep their focus (sanskrit: Dharana – concentration, keeping steady) when the only image they see is the instructor in front of them and hearing the voice to follow, there are no distractions, and they feel deeper connection with their own body, breath and able to hear the mind.

So why is it so important for us to be less visible on the outside to connect to the inside? The modern world is full of distractions and has a very fast pace. If you want to get something you have to stay alert at all times and make sure you are not missing a thing. We foolishly think that we can control it all and if it doesn’t go the right way, we blame ourselves for it. In Yoga teachings, we learn first of all how to let go of worries and trust Life; we change things we can change and we accept things we can’t change. Dark environment is a signal to the brain that it is time to sleep, time to we do.

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1 Comment

  1. authenticyogamama

    I loved this post! Thank you for sharing!