Well, friends… I am in a lot of pain. I went to a yoga class for the first time in 4 months and I am FEELING the effects. Over the summer I was a regular yoga student. I was committed to becoming totally adept at yoga and practicing on the regular. I was slowly making gains and noticing my strength was increasing (no more modified poses for me!). Then, I stopped going. Just stopped. I needed some money to pay off my credit card and didn’t renew my membership. I figured my money would be better served in a retirement account and I could just continue practicing on my own at home.
I set up my mat in our spare room, updated my yoga app with my favourite classes, and proceeded to never get back on my mat. To be fair, it’s not entirely my fault! The Blue Jays were killing it, and made it to post-season baseball for the first time since 1999 or something. My life was consumed with watching baseball 3-4 times a week, which took up time I was planning to use for OTHER things… Like yoga. Basically, what I’m saying is it’s Jose “#BatFlip” Bautista’s fault. That’s right, Jose – I’m calling you out.
My friend Aparna has been practicing on the reg, and told me about a Groupon for a local studio, and the teacher was my VERY FIRST yoga teacher – so I kind of HAD to go, right? Fast forward 16 hours later and I am so freaking sore. My arms, chest and core are almost immobile. I didn’t have the best class. Yogis will tell you that every time you practice, you should just accept your body and your practice where it is, at that moment. Don’t force anything. Every day is a new day to be better. It’s extremely hard to subscribe to that line of thinking when it’s been months and downward dog is making you sweat.
I wasn’t in the best place, mentally, during the class. I was annoyed with myself for being out of shape, losing all the progress I made over the summer, and wanted to just lay there, and practice “laying on your back,” until class was over. The teacher, Dominique, had some important words for the class – and I loved it “The biggest adjustment of any pose, is the adjustment of your mind.” I was really ruining the class for myself by being so negative and grumpy.
I have 4 more classes to take as apart of my Groupon and I hope to take the full benefit from the classes. I can’t let my grumpy, I suck attitude, ruin my burgeoning yoga practice. Dominique is right, adjusting your mind really is the biggest battle.
For my next class, which I think will be tomorrow with Dominique, I’m going to focus on accepting where I’m at, and if I struggle, tell myself to readjust my mind. I’m going to step onto my yoga mat the same way Jose Bautista executes an at-bat… with patience and the knowledge that I’ll make something of it.