So…guess what I did in yoga today?
I was shocked, SHOCKED that I was able to do this pose (I’ve no idea what it’s called yet).
Today, my mat was full of lessons. I went to a new class with a teacher I’d not had before. New instructors always makes me nervous, but I woke up too late to attend the morning Bikram yoga class. I didn’t realize what I was in for, which was a very good thing.
Ninety minutes of hot power vinyasa later, I was calm and my body was very happy and grateful. The instructor, Erik, led the class with an idea; one of letting go of the illusion of perfection. Perfection is unattainable, therefore, we must stop trying to be perfect as it will only make us feel as though we failed.
Class was challenging. I learned that my balance has room for improvement. My muscle groups are still weaker than I’d like, but they’re improving too. I learned that I’m very flexible and probably should have been a gymnast in my youth, but that I still need to be cautious and not over-extend (i.e. I’m not as cool as I think I am). I learned to notice when my body was happy and grateful; feeling its warm tingling thank-you’s rippling through my heart and limbs brought some peace to my center.
Today was excellent. I feel tired and stretched an able to breathe.
Tomorrow is Bikram. Promise.