“Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path…exactly where you are meant to be right now…and from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity and of love.” ~ Caroline Adams
Wow my path is taking me in some great directions. I have to stop along the way and make sure that those are actually my feet down there. On March 25 this year I decided to join my oldest for a drop-in yoga class. Hot Yoga. Yes, where they purposefully crank the heat to a sweltering 40⁰C or 104⁰F and then tell you to get all bendy. They actually will give you a special towel to place on your mat because you drip sweat so much that your mat (without the towel) becomes a slippery, death hazard. Yes, this is the first class that my beloved daughter decided to take me to.
I knew no poses so had to look up to see what everyone else was doing, I am sure the perplexed and shocked look on my face when hearing “let’s get into the pigeon” was quite amusing. I dripped, I panted, I drank my water faster than should be normal but I did it. I walked out of that class with my hair stuck to my face and the back of my neck, sweat in places I didn’t even know you could sweat but I WALKED out of that class. No one had to carry me, no ambulances were called, no one had to go and throw me in a cold shower – I completed an entire hour of hot yoga and then signed up for a 4-week introduction pass.
Yoga is more than just poses. It is about finding that connection with yourself and being honest and true to that person inside and to tell you the truth, sometimes when you find that honesty it is difficult. and emotional There have been a couple of times that I have discovered tears on my face because I have connected with myself and have allowed myself the time and the quiet to be truthful.
One of the things that I have really been enjoying besides the workouts and the stretching and the silence is leaving my ego behind. You are there for you, not the person beside you, the person who came with you. You go into the class with your soul not your ego. This is great for me because I know it has been my ego in the past that has prevented me from doing some of the things that scare me – only I feel it as butterflies in my stomach and sometimes hear the voice in my head that screams “you can’t do it – You’ll look stupid – You’ll fail and everyone will laugh at you.” So in this sense, consciously and routinely walking into the room without my ego has been doing some great things for me outside the studio as well.The other thing that has been helping me is the necessity of being in the “now” when you are in practice. You need to not only be in the moment, you need to feel in the moment. You need to connect in the moment. This is a great lesson to carry out into the real world as well. I cannot change yesterday and I don’t know what will happen tomorrow but I am here, right now, in this moment and this moment is a great place for me to be. I really am happy in this moment. It’s quite difficult to explain because you actually need to experience it for yourself and I am pretty sure that another's experience might be different than my own.
Last night I went to Relax and Restore (and yes, it feels as good as it sounds.) You are only doing a few of the poses in the 75 minute class but you are holding those poses for several minutes and you are using props, such as blocks or a bolster to do the work for you – hello, getting the benefit without doing the work!!! People will often fall asleep in that class because it is so relaxing. I had one of those odd moments last night and had become so much in the moment that when the instructor spoke, she startled me.Basically, what I am trying to get across is that I am grateful, so very grateful to my daughter for introducing me to the practice of yoga. I enjoy going so much and have become so passionate about it that I will be renewing my pass for an additional 4 months.