I almost died last night. I almost died in class 4 times. Every time I think I’m going to faint or puke, I hear my mind racing with thoughts like, “Oh no…you can’t do this…you’re going to fall over…maybe you should just stop right now so you don’t faint in front of all of these people…why aren’t you stopping” and I hear my instructors voice cut through that and she says, “breathe” and I breathe. The moment I can quiet my mind, the nausea goes away. The moment I focus on my breath and just breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth everything settles down.
If there is any place where mind over matter is completely apparent and obvious, it’s in a Bikram Yoga class. I think that’s honestly part of the appeal for me – learning to control my mind…or at least attempting to train it.