This afternoon I got to go to a yoga session – and it felt wonderful. It’s been several weeks since I’ve been to a session (to clarify, over the past few weeks I’ve been to many yoga classes where I’ve acquired intellectual knowledge, but I haven’t been to a yoga session where I’ve gotten to move and physically push myself since, well, gosh, probably mid-November. Yikes!…), and getting back into the warm studio, feeling my muscles stretch and lengthen (and tremble from time to time) – ahhhhh. That’s the good stuff.
The yoga session alone gave me reason to smile today – but it gets better. About three-quarters of the way through the class the teacher had us attempt a very difficult pose: side crow. To get into this pose one has to possess both strength and balance in spades – and these are my short suits in yoga. I’m flexible all day long, and while my strength and balance are coming, they are still lagging by quite a distance. But I never opt out of a move in a yoga class. Sure, often times I try the more challenging poses and I stumble (and sometimes I even outright tumble) – but I at least try them, even if I do end up on my butt (or my face). This afternoon I was hoping for the best, but bracing for the not-best – when suddenly, I realized I was doing it. I was doing side crow!
I even sustained the pose for a few seconds before having to release back to the ground – which is awesome icing on the cake. Go yoga!