Just before class began, there was chatter amongst the members. Everyone seems to know each other well and Aurora has this magical energy about it that seems to draw open, caring individuals into its space. Others introduced themselves and I felt welcomed. Mat called us to the centers of our mats for quiet reflection as we began breathing more fluidly and with intent.
We started with seated movement. I felt free to explore the motions to suit my comfort level, but yet guided enough to not feel displaced from class. From there, we stood to begin sun salutations. Mat did some variations of the traditional vinyasa and offered modifications for those with limited mobility, consistently reminding us to pay attention to our breath and the movement of our bodies. After a few minutes of sun salutations, we moved to pranayama. Pranayama is the practice of controlling breath through techniques and sequences. As we practiced through several techniques, I felt my breath deepen, my body relax, and my mind focus on the air circulating in my body. It was an invigorating and rejuvenating experience.
The last part of class is reserved for Mat’s sound healing using gongs. It was an absolute treat. We laid in shavasana in whatever way was comfortable for us using provided pillows, bolsters, and blankets. Mat’s gong bath was without a doubt something to experience. I personally had vivid hallucinations, an emotional breakthrough, and toward the end, a sense of serenity and completeness I hadn’t felt before.
I left Mat’s class in somewhat of a daze. I was overwhelmed by what I had just experienced, yet grateful for having been present. I stayed there in my bubble of transcendence until the next morning when I awoke feeling refreshed and ready for the days ahead, but also anticipating my next class at Aurora.