11 June, 2013

Getting exactly what you need exactly when you need it

Today was Gentle Yoga, with Elizabeth McElveen.

I thought about what I needed today on the way to class. My hips were so tight and achy that I really felt like there was no amount of stretching, opening, releasing that could conceivably make it better in 75 minutes. I contemplated asking Elizabeth if she could do something for hips, but I know that's a little bit of a silly request because every class in yoga will be about hips. Everything we do is hips. So I didn't say a word. I just let the class be what it would be.

Elizabeth started the class by sharing some words with us, as she does. And then she informed us that we would be going very deeply into our hips today.


How can you not say that this woman has a magical intuition?

She told us that we should enjoy the peace and stillness of sitting at the start of class, because things were going to get uncomfortable, maybe even painful. It turns out, it wasn't painful, though it did require a good deal of acceptance and letting go to endure some of the poses and get the full benefit from them.

We did, among other things, the Splits, near the end of class. I was pleased to see that I am getting just a tiny bit deeper into the pose than I was months ago. It's not a good looking split, by any means. But I can envision a day in 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, where I will achieve it. And I am in no hurry to get there.

I am continually grateful for what I experience in her classes.

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