When I first began practicing yoga and meditation, a teacher once explained it like this: A lot of people do yoga or meditate expecting to see the results right away, every day. They think that suddenly, they will be calmer and more enlightened, on the regular. That’s sometimes true, but that’s not really what it’s about. You don’t see it on a daily basis, but rather during crisis times. You see your developed sense of patience and serenity when you are tested. When that happens, you won’t freak out (as much) as you used to. You will be able to use the tools you’ve been practicing. This is when it will pay off, this is when you will notice.
I was fortunate enough for a while to never have an opportunity to test the above theory out. But recently, I did. Without getting into any pronouns or specifics, it was a hard blow. Part of me wanted to crumble in my emotions and I totally did, from time to time. But something that has been helping me keep it together is everything I’ve learned from the past year or so of yoga and meditation. The breathing. The lessons. The grace. All of it is keeping me together.
I finally saw it all pay off. It’s really kind of like a preventative health measure when you think about it. Like maybe vitamins don’t give you that extra boost every single day, but in the long run, they might help your immune system fight off that cold that’s going around and suddenly, when everyone at the office has that cold, you’ll be like “nah, I’m good, thanks vitamins.” I’m not a doctor, so I may be wrong on that metaphor.
Because of this ambiguous-thing-that-happened, I was hurting. My body, especially. Which is weird, because it was an emotional thing and not something physical like a car accident. I have been successfully evading the winter colds for months now, but this week, my body gave in and I came down with a really nasty winter cold and fever. It could be a coincidence. But I also think it was because my body and self was focusing all of its energy towards my mental and emotional well being so it sort of slipped in the physical department.
Of course, being psychically sick meant a break from yoga practice. Because no one likes to hack up a lung during downward dog, you know?
But I’m excited to get back to it next week, especially now. So much, now.
As I’ve shared before, I struggle with practicing at home – so many distractions! But I’ve really been loving using the app Yoga Studio – it feels really natural and doesn’t sound like a robot. I discovered them after listening to the Brand Fever podcast with the Yoga Studio App creator and downloaded it almost instantly. Something cool, too, is that after you complete a class you get rewards like coupons for smoothies and other fun stuff. This app has been helping my practice immensely!
Goodnight & Good namaste.