I took my first pottery lesson recently and found it interesting that one of the first steps is to center the clay on the wheel. This important step allows the clay to move symmetrically 'from the rotating axis at the center of the wheel'.
Needless to say, centering is not as easy as I thought it might be. My clay had the 'wibble-wobbles', telling me I had not prepared it properly to begin spinning the wheel.
My attempts at centering clay brought to mind another 'first step' which occurs in a yoga class, also called centering. If we don't allow ourselves that initial brief time, we could be unfocused, having our own 'wibble-wobbles' throughout class.
So find that comfortable seat. Take that relaxing breath. Connect with your body without judgments or expectations. Release thoughts of the past or future and welcome yourself to the present.
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Susan Kain is a Registered Yoga teacher, Pilates instructor, and a Certified Personal Trainer with classes for all ages from toddlers to senior citizens.