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Do you find yourself saying:  “Well, everyone knows that.” or something like it.

I suggest that you look again.  My view is that there are numerous times throughout the yoga class where pleasantness shows up in both the mind and body.  Do you remember the last time you found your way to the floor after a challenging standing pose and did you notice the relief come into your mind as the leg and abdominal released?  What did that feel like?  Did you pay attention.

How about the time that you arrived late at a full class and without gesturing, numerous other yogis move their mats to make a place for you?  How did that impact you?

Or maybe you hear a new piece of music in the class that resonates with your mood and practice that you say to yourself “I will ask the instructor the name of that piece?”

I am sure there are countless more. In my practice of yoga, whether teaching or as a participant, I often cue the participants and myself to notice the pleasant and to appreciate them when they arise no matter how small.  I believe that too often we take the pleasantness for granted and we may not notice it until our practice of shavasana.

Even in a demanding practice, the experience of pleasantness is often available to counterbalance the effort behind a yoga pose.

Mindfulness is an excellent resource for developing awareness in the moment.  Whether it is used to enjoy the moment or to provide feedback on a minor adjustment that can be made in a pose, the practice of mindfulness opens the door to feelings and sensations that can either be ignored or taken for granted.  When noticed, one can allow the pleasantness to penetrate into the body, mind, bones, and tissues that can enhance the pleasure of practicing yoga.

Try noticing the pleasant events in the class and inviting them in.  It may open the mind and body to a world not known, because not looked for.

I invite your comments.