Some days it is so difficult to get on my mat. Ever had one of those days? This week, in particular, has been difficult to stay focused and remain disciplined. Because, after all, yoga is a practice. And frankly, I could think of a million other things to do than roll out my mat...and get on it. The holidays seem chaotic...not necessarily in a bad way but in a disruptive and distracting way. Family and friend get-togethers, work parties, tons of available food spreads, shopping, wrapping, eating more...drinking...more....eating stuff I normally tend to stay away from! Yikes...what does a girl do? Well, I indulged in all of the above, with some moderation...have survived, thus far...and although I didn't practice as much as I usually do...I did practice. I also taught 2 classes but those were not difficult because I have a passion for teaching others and it doesn't seem like work. All my students seem so nice and grateful .So why does it feel like "work" to engage in my own practice? Today, I really tried to talk myself out of going to class. I spent the morning shopping, and while heading home towards class....I actually heard myself saying....I could just skip class and practice at home (the beginning of the end!) But then I gave myself a little intervention affirming how great I feel after practice and how crappy I might feel if I don't partake. So I reluctantly dragged my ass and my mat to class....and yes....felt better afterwards. I felt calmer, rejuvenated and my back didn't hurt quite as much! I went home and had enough energy to sew some eye pillows for my students later that night. At the end of class, I reminded my students (and myself) that getting on the mat is always good for our bodies, mind, breath and soul. I thanked my class and then thanked myself.
I am a gal on a journey to teach the wonderful practice of yoga. I