Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Darn those Weeds!

I love to share the little stories that my teacher gives during class. Recently she compared yoga to weeding. Weeding, as in going through your garden and pulling out those pesky weeds. I don't know how many of you are gardeners, but this isn't something that gets taken cared of one time and you don't have to worry about weeds growing ever again. Once you pull the weeds from one spot, the next day you'll see them appear some place else, so you pull those out, the next day they're over here, now they're over there!! Ugh!!! How does this compare to yoga? It's very easy. One day we struggle doing a pose, the next it may come easy but we find another challenge instead. We feel something here, then we feel a pull there, or a cramp here. It's different every day.

So don't be too hard on yourself when you can't do a handstand today (but I was able to do it yesterday!!) Every time we come to our mats is an opportunity to witness what is going on in our bodies and in our minds, sometimes we're not even aware of it until we're doing something like a Revolved Triangle. It's not something we plan or can anticipate. We may go to class feeling tired but all of the sudden perk up after a few Sun Salutations. So what if you're having a rough day, there's always tomorrow...or even better, there's always that next breath.

4 comments:

T.Allen-Mercado said...

lol...thanks so much for sharing this as i almost fell through the living room window today in warrior three. i lie there telling one of my two yogi cats (at least they think they are), "this has never happened before, what's up with my balance today"...

Amber Rose said...

ooh, what a clever comparison! I know exactly what you-or you're teacher- was talking about.

Beth said...

I so need to start practicing yoga and not just think about doing it. Now eating cupcakes-that's a different story!

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