14 June, 2013

Rare, Bloody and Ready for Action

Today was Power Vinyasa with Elizabeth Thomas.

I was tired today, and needed to find a way to seek ease in what is always a tough class. As such, there was a lot of modification going on for me. After class, I commented to another student that Elizabeth was relatively gentle on us today. The other student did not concur. Then I realized that I had modified so much that I had actually found that gentler class within the context of her instructions, modifying in such fashion that I didn't even realize that it was the same difficulty class as usual. I guess that's good? For me, it meant that I am able to hear my own guidance, and take from that, as well as the instructor's words, to do what's right for my body.

At one point near the end of the class, Elizabeth was suggesting that we need to listen to ourselves as to whether our "bird is cooked" right now. She was running with that metaphor. And what came next was "Maybe you're not cooked. Maybe you're rare, bloody, and ready for action!" And as soon as she said it, there were a few chuckles, and then Elizabeth realized what she had said and we all laughed.

Yoga doesn't always need to be serious.

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