Mindfulness for a perfect pairing: yoga & wine tasting
When I first encountered yoga and wine tasting events, I was ambivalent. My preconception was the wine tasting was a reward for a yoga session.
I attended my very first yoga and wine tasting event a couple of months ago at McGrail Vineyards & Winery in Livermore. The experience was unexpectedly restorative and a reminder for me to always embrace new experiences to challenge myself.
In mindfulness meditation, the practice is to be fully present in the moment. In its simplest form, it is to experience the moment just as it is. Instead of filling your head space with to do lists or recollections of a past event, it's about not clinging to the past and future in order to be right here, nowhere else.
I especially like this description: mindfulness is "the nonjudgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment."
Similar to mindfulness meditation, yoga requires focus of the uncontrived variety as well. When the body is forced to do a pose the body and mind are not ready for, what happens? There's wobbling and falling out of balance is the result.
Only when the breath and physical movements are in sync does the practitioner flow from one pose to the next smoothly. I've had so many yoga sessions when my head was full of thoughts and I could not concentrate.
When wine tasting, I found myself sometimes being steered in a direction when I read the descriptions ahead of time. I would search and try to identify the aromas I had just read about. Recently, I stopped reading and just started to delve into each tasting without any preconceived notions or expectations.
According to a post I found on Wine Folly, titled The Subtle Science of Wine Tasting, a "true tasting should be done blind...By seeing the color we may make an unconscious predisposition towards that wine."
So, what is the lietmotif here?
Mindfulness is required in both yoga and wine tasting. Keeping an open mind and being present can allow the moment to be experienced fully, whatever the current activity might be.
I haven't tried any blind tastings so I will practice and revisit that topic in the future.
In the meantime, I'm such a fan of the yoga and wine tasting pairing. Allocating time to practice mindfulness through yoga, followed by a wine tasting was surprisingly perfect and will now be added to my regular repertoire.
If you're also a fan of yoga & wine tastings, leave a comment or share your experiences with me!