05 May, 2013

Yoga hangover

Today was Ashtanga with Elizabeth McElveen at The White Studio.

I never recovered from the dehydration of yesterday's class. I should have suspected it would be an issue, and I thought I'd hydrated, but it wasn't enough. My sleep was not great, and I awoke early with what felt like a hangover. Regardless of feeling terrible, I had committed in my mind to attending the 8:15am class no matter what. I dragged myself out of bed, made a smoothie just to give me enough of something in my stomach that I could take four ibuprofen, and made my way off to class.

The Primary Series is what it is, so I did the best I could, and tried to find a way to not be making it harder than it needed to be.

I am thinking back on yesterday's class, with 27 different teachers. There was one teacher who said something that I've heard many teachers say, and it's pretty central to the whole philosophy of practice. What she said was "You're exactly where you're supposed to be, doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing." And it immediately made me feel a wave of emotion. I am not sure why. I guess it's a kind of validating statement to hear. In the midst of whatever struggles or uncertainty we have, this is what our work is right now. To do this. Whatever this is.

I'd like to believe that's true.

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