As we settled into our balancing poses, the lights flickered on. We completed the entire class with a brightly-lit room because our instructor never turned them back down. Although I was a little irritated that I had to deal with that, it wasn't the only distraction.
About halfway through the class a couple of people walked into the room to grab mats from the back. I thought it was incredibly rude for them to open the doors and loudly stamp through the room. The gym was so busy you could hear the roar when they threw open the door.
Then, almost like clockwork, we started hearing bangs on the wall to our left. Kids in the play area were becoming louder. They're screams poured through the walls and it sounded like they were destroying the play room. Kids will be kids, right?
It was so frustrating. All I wanted to do was feel calm and fall into my yoga practice. Well, with all of those distractions and absolutely no way of making everyone around us calm down, it was up to me to find my inner quietness.
This was the lesson today: How to fight distractions during yoga. To my surprise, when I turned my thoughts inward, focused on grounding my body, finding balance, and finding peace, I was able to block out the noise.
It may not have been the most peaceful yoga practice, but it was a lesson in learning to deal with whatever is going on around me. When things seem too chaotic and I have no control, the best way to handle it is to turn inward. Focus on my breath and on rooting myself to the ground. Focus on finding peace in my mind.
It's possible to find that inner peace amidst chaos. All you have to do is focus and let the distractions melt away.