17 February, 2014

Finding the moment in chaos

Today was vinyasa with Ara at Live Love Flow.

I had a stressful couple of hours this morning before class, really shaken, and losing my center. Truth is, my "losing of center" is far less dramatic than it would have been a few years ago, but I still felt really out of balance. For the first time in days, my mood was worse than neutral (I have actually started tracking moods using a cool app from trackyourhappiness.org - that's a different blog entry I am yet to write). Anyhow, today is the last day that I will get to a yoga studio, since I am traveling for work for 2 weeks. And I had a ton of stuff that I need to get done today. On top of that, there was some emotional stress. How am I gonna get all this together? Is everything going to be alright?

It was one of those times where you show up on the mat, and aren't sure what's going to happen.

It turns out, Ara was substituting for Jaime. I had been looking forward to Jaime's positive energy. But Ara was just as good. She had a very deliberate, slow but deep flow. Challenging, but very focused on landing in every pose. And it grounded me. It slowed me down. It brought me back. Even during the class, I started recognizing that the things that were upsetting me earlier made a lot of sense, and that the situation was not catastrophic.

I am so glad I found the time to take that class today.

For the next 11 days, it will be yoga on the road, in hotel rooms in Switzerland, and then Germany. It will be tiring, but it will be exciting.

Stay tuned...

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