Playing catchup, listening to my pulse

I had not com­mented about this last week, but I had an inter­est­ing expe­ri­ence dur­ing a ses­sion with Susan Bowen at Thrive Yoga. She made us do much of the prac­tice with our eyes closed. It made some poses a bit pre­car­i­ous for me because I am chal­lenged in terms of bal­ance, and need my visual drishti. But I could get through most of my vinyasas with­out any trou­ble. How­ever, when I was seated in Easy Pose with my eyes closed, I became con­scious of my heart beat, and was sur­prised at how clearly it was com­ing through. It was not because my heart rate was up from aer­o­bic exer­cise, throb­bing at my tem­ples. What I noticed most was that each sub­tle beat was like a rip­ple that expanded from my chest and washed over my torso and out through my limbs. It was almost as if I could feel the blood flow­ing from my chest through­out the cir­cu­la­tory sys­tem. Instead of focus­ing on my breath, I focused on my pulse.