Today, despite having myriad tasks before me to get my house and my life in order before going on a trip tomorrow, I decided to try a yoga class I've had my eye on for a while. Here's what I think about during yoga class. Are people tone deaf, or do they mean to clash with the pitch of the three "Oms" at the beginning of class? As it so happens, today's three Om's were almost in unison with the exception of one lone soul singing her Om a major second above the rest of us. It sounded kind of beautiful, so I joined her as loud as I thought would even the balance between the two notes. It worked out really well. Then I wonder if its a requirement for the instructor to have spiritual words of wisdom at the beginning of every class. I mean, I know for sure, if I were a yoga instructor, I wouldn't be able to give spiritual advice with a straight face. Not that I don't appreciate spiritual advice, because I do, and I crave it often, but its just hard for me to say those words out loud, like, "unlock your inner light and let it shine into the universe."
The other thing I think is, "Oh my god, is this ever going to end," particularly when I'm holding triangle pose. This one is killer. I'm sure I'm doing it wrong, but because of my personality, I'm not sure I'll ever do it right. I can't just go half way down, or use a block, or modify it to fit my skill level. I have to do whatever it takes to look exactly like the instructor. Even if my shoulder is popping out of its joint and my hamstring is going to snap. This reminds me of my first ever foray into yoga when I was about twenty two. I began in an intermediate class and after one month of going many times a week, I damaged my back so badly that for about five years I had to self massage my lower back before lying down flat on the ground, or before going to bed, in order to withstand the pain.
And then, when it comes to the end when you get to lie down in corpse pose, I immediately fall asleep. When I wake up, I wonder why I can't fall asleep that quickly at night in my bed. And I always feel totally refreshed after my three minute corpse pose nap. I have to say, I absolutely love doing yoga, and I really really hope I can discipline myself to do it more often. Maybe next year's project will be a yoga routine a day?
Coffee Update: Today, I panicked because I forgot my cup (!!) and wanted to stop at the grocery after class for some essentials and a decaf. I decided to order my decaf in a mug, which although was awkward carrying around the store, I did anyway.
Cups and Bags Challenge: Hooray!!! A report came in last night of a mom and her two kids all ordering drinks to go with reusable cups! That's $3 more for Bring which brings our total up to $25! A quarter of the way there! If you use a reusable cup, send me a message here: email@example.com and I'll send a dollar to Bring Recycling.