Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Yogic Lesson

Instantly when I awoke this morning I knew I needed a nice, long yoga session. I was so antsy for asana that I did some cat cows and downward facing dogs in my PJs while listening to my usual morning podcast in front of the mirror.  All day at work I continued to crave that time on my mat.

Class was not until 7:30 PM but eventually it came. I showed up early, for once, and found out the class was full and I didn’t pre-register, darn it!  I put my name on the waiting list and waited patiently in hopes that some yogis would not show up.  I started thinking maybe someone won’t be able to find a parking spot and miss their chance.  How yogic is THAT?  The parking situation is horrendous near my yoga studio and I have dealt with the frustrations many times, yet I was wishing it upon someone else.

While waiting I met another wait-lister who happened to be one of the nicest women I have ever randomly met. She seemed calm and content just waiting. She didn’t seem to be worried about whether or not she would get in. One by one people were given passes and then it was just us two. She smiled at me and I secretly wondered whose name was higher on the list. We chatted and joked as we passed the time. The instant a staff member told us we could both take the class I leaped up in a rush to get in the hot, sweaty 95 degree room. My fellow yogini calmly asked the staff “are you sure we aren’t taking someone else’s spot?” To this, I felt like a jerk as I was already halfway into the classroom.


During class I started wondering why I am not calm like that woman.  I speed to the studio, become frustrated in traffic and sometimes curse when I can’t find a parking spot.  All of these negative feelings surface right before I step into the classroom where I am supposed to still my mind and focus my breath.  With that being said, there are many times I am calm, I promise!  There are just too many instances when I am not.

I sweat through my beautifully uplifting practice feeling better with each pose.  I listened to Zoe sing ‘Come Away with Me’ by Norah Jones while strumming her guitar as we lay in Savasana.  All is well that ends well…

As I walked out of class  tonight, I reminded myself that I need to live yoga in and out of the studio; on and off the mat.  It is not simply a physical practice.  I need to practice mindfulness at my desk, in the car and as I eat.  I should be working on finding balance in all aspects of my life including work, my training and my social life.  I have to remember to send out positive, radiant energy if I expect to get it back.  In the busyness I must find stillness

It's funny how I learned more in the waiting room than on my mat tonight.  That woman had no idea her benevolent demeanor and grace would be a lesson to me; and if I ever see her again I will thank her...with grace.  

Namaste

16 comments:

  1. You're right and it's a good lesson. I notice people like that and wonder if I could possibly let everything that makes me anxious just roll off my back. Traffic makes me nuts and i'm not in it that often, I think that's why. I take a few deep breaths and ask myself why? Life is too short to 'sweat the small stuff'.

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  2. Great post! I guess what stands out for me is that you both got in...and that things worked out...as they so often do really.

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  3. Namaste Kate, be kind to yourself.

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  4. I really love mindfulness and try and practice it when I can. I would love to practice yoga more regularly (I used to!) and meditate (of which I've never had a regular practice). What kind of yoga do you do? I don't think anger is not mindful or yogic...maybe acknowledging the anger and observing it with curiosity rather than *being* the anger is a different approach? From what I've read labeling emotions as "good" or "bad"

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  5. I really love mindfulness and try and practice it when I can. I would love to practice yoga more regularly (I used to!) and meditate (of which I've never had a regular practice). What kind of yoga do you do? I don't think anger is not mindful or yogic...maybe acknowledging the anger and observing it with curiosity rather than *being* the anger is a different approach? From what I've read labeling emotions as "good" or "bad"

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  6. I completely agree! There are no GOOD or BAD emotions, they just ARE. I would just like to have a more relaxed approach in certain situations and not be attached to the outcome so much. :) I practice anything from gentle hatha yoga to heated vinyasa flow to 'freestyle' in my living room. I love my studio because the classes are not focused on fitness as much as mindfulness and other 'true to yoga' themes. We chant a lot...and I love it. :)

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  7. great post. i often find myself thinking very similar thoughts about myself and my own yoga practice. have you ever read the book "meditations from the mat" by rolf gates? i highly recommend it - check it out! it is wonderful. love your blog!!

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  8. Thanks Jessica! I will definitely check it out :)

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  9. I need yoga in my life. I'm convinced.

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