Have you ever rushed to get somewhere (i.e., a yoga studio), only to have this somewhere closed?
That was me this week.
Bundle up the babe, throw on a couple layers of clothes (to strip off once I arrive) and throw my mat in the backseat. I rushed to the studio as I can't stand being late, especially for yoga. I luckily found parking no more than a block away and I bust it to the studio door. And what did I find...
A locked door and a hand written note apologizing for the closure.
The note was my only solace.
Well, I walked back to my car with a slow pace. What am I to do? This is it (cue dramatics!). This is my day and my time to practice.
I left feeling a bit deflated. What now?
Time to pull out my "vintage" and classic DVD at home and practice in the basement. Little one was just content to play on the floor beside me. I grabbed my go-to DVD as I had no other energy to think through another less memorized practice.
And what did I learn?
1. Owning the same DVD (it was a VHS to start) is a Godsend. It's easy to pop it in and feel at home.
2. Wow! I've come so far. I can remember doing the poses wrong almost 20 years ago when I started using it and I recall one of the sequences being terribly difficult for me. Fast forward to this week and I breezed through the asana sequences.
3. When life hands you lemons (or in my case, a locked door), make some lemonade!
That lemonade tasted great,
I'm really glad that I was introduced to a yoga eye pillow. Recall, I got on a "I'm make yoga eye pillows for everyone" a couple years back. But what I didn't know was how great they can be off of your eyes too!
This week's practice was lead by a substitute teacher. I actually enjoy the variety that having a substitute teacher brings. Different cues, different intro settling the mind, different asana sequencing, and more. And fortunate for me, she taught me how to use the yoga eye pillow a different way.
I settled into corpse pose (savasana) - with babe totally happy to sit and play - and let my body drop into the floor. The music was peaceful and slightly more upbeat than usual but I took the savasana and ran with it.
Fully stretched our, arms and legs, no babe to wrestle nor worry about little hands in my hair, I was actually in the right pose. No distractions!
Tip toeing around me is the teacher. I sense she is there but thought she might be entertaining little one. Instead I feel a pressure, a weight into the palms of my hands. It took me aback as I felt my hands, forearms and arms sink further into the floor. How can this be?
She had place a yoga eye pillow into the open palm of both of my hands. Brilliant! What a wonderful way to "up the ante" (should we do this in yoga?!?) of savanasa.
Who knew that a yoga eye pillow is not just for your eyes!
After class, I thanked her for adding the eye pillows to my hands and expressed how much that extra little bit of weight made a huge impact on the pose.
Now, I have to get back to making yoga eye pillows. I need a second one for my new found use of these fantastic props!
To a new way to practice,
Aspiring Yoga Teacher
I've practiced yoga since I was a pre-teen and have always found it to keep me centered. I will be a teacher one day and this is my journey to discover teaching and practice.