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Day 7: Fun factor

Urban Flow with Omar @ 11:00am – 12:15pm @ Urban Yoga – Business Bay

For those that want to start taking their practice to the next level! In Urban Flow Level 2, we start playing with some more challenging postures including arm balances, inversions & backbends – you don’t need to be able to do them already… you just need to be ready to play!

Journal entry

Saturday morning is one I’ve been looking forward to as Omar is back. After 2 months off, this is his first class teaching again, and I’m excited to share my practice with him. He’s one of my favourite instructors. It is also today that Abla, one of my favourite people, joins me for yoga.

After a false alarm and the near certainty that she wouldn’t be able to make it, I get a call saying, “I’m in, I’m coming, I’m on my way!”

“When in doubt, do,” I think.

The class is packed. The mats are placed so close together you’d think it were impossible to practice so close to someone else, but very quickly you realise it’s part of the charm of Omar’s classes. There is something truly special about practicing with so many people, so separate from you, but for the 75 minutes on the mat, not that different.

Omar is happiness embodied, someone whose mere presence makes you feel lighter. He opens the class with a few words on the ego.

Don’t let your ego dictate your time on the mat. Ego is what leads to injury. Find your edge, the place between comfort and discomfort, and lean into it.

We begin to flow. It’s warm. It’s sweaty. It’s strenuous. But I feel good; really good. I remember my “Do” mantras. 

When in doubt, do.

Do things for you.

Do the things you say you’re going to do.

At least yoga is helping me see my mantras through; it’s off the mat where things are more challenging.

With Abla wordlessly by my side, and me by hers, we’re both moving with a new kind of energy. An energy that represents time we have generously given ourselves without conditions or guilt. Few things feel better.

Omar’s words are the therapy I need on Saturday morning, and as I take them in, they form the basis of my practice.

1 — You are on a journey.

Sometimes you take steps back, and sometimes forward. It’s important to remind yourself that it is a journey. Keep moving.

2 — Don’t forget to have fun!

This is when I am reminded of my favourite Omar character trait. His appreciation of fun and playfulness. I find myself smiling, even through the attempted and failed postures, a constant reminder not to take myself too seriously

3 — Let go of judgment, let go of pretense…

Just let it all go.

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