“Submerged in the here and now”. That’s a phrase my favorite online yogi just used during savasana, the final resting pose. Interesting concept, and a good one for today’s phrenetic world.
I was first introduced to yoga when I was competing in triathlons. My training buddy, an exercise physiologist and far better athlete, suggested that I needed to do yoga to “slow myself down”. That’s me and her in the photo, after the Copper Man Triathlon in 199? I told her I could not possibly do it, all people do is lie around on the floor and chant. Wow, was I wrong.
When my friend Mary Connor (for real, that’s her name just like in Terminator) finally got me to try a class. I was amazed. It was hard! It was physical! It was good! I was hooked! I am now a Registered Yoga Teacher and have been teaching it myself for about 5 years. As I age, and my body does not want to do the things it did when I was younger, I find that yoga offers me plenty of challenge and opportunity for growth and improvement. At 61, I can finally do a full backbend (wheel pose). This took 10 years. Pretty exciting.
But truly what yoga offers is not just a physical discipline, it is a philosophical invitation to explore spirituality and mindfulness. It is an interior journey. It’s just what people need during this pandemic! We have a videoconference meeting this afternoon for the RN staff about resiliency and self-care. I’m pretty much there already. My life has been anything but linear. If I were not resilient, I could not have worked two jobs while supporting two babies and a young husband who went back to college. Never mind myself. As the children (including my husband) learned to take care of themselves, I was able to re-focus on my own mental and physical health. Every day is a new challenge in this regard, but with the good fortune to be living in a climate where I can go out and jog most days, then follow up with a yoga practice, I am doing alright.
Now is the time! If you’ve ever thought, “I could benefit from doing yoga”, you were right. You WOULD benefit. There are a million YouTube Yogis out there waiting and ready for you to stream their videos for free. What are you waiting for? Do it today. You’ll be glad you did for the rest of your life.