Spring in my stretch

June 2023

Most recently I reengaged in yoga classes. I had taken yoga a few times over the years. Back then, as I was holding a position, my mind would go to an image of what I must look like from above. This would send me into a fit of the giggles, and the stern looks I received from others only made things worse. You bet; I would roar with hilarious laughter. (Yes, I was asked to leave until I could get it together. I never could).

Now I am either more mature or more in need, just don’t care what I look like, or it could be my snazzy yoga pants, the stretching feels so good that I envision myself as a graceful ballet dancer, pointed toes and all (until the cramps set in.

In this class, as our instructor lulls us into meditation and focus, my mind begins to wander. What is on my grocery list, when will I have time to get things done (like drafting this article), what do I need for the weekend plans….blah blah blah. Yes, I am talking to myself and beginning to fret until she reminds us to pull back our thoughts and focus.

So again, I am talking to myself…

Sue stop fretting and focus on your movements and concentrate on yourself. At this point I am so into it I fall asleep or at least I think I do as when jolted into consciousness, I am well behind the others in poses.

She spoke to the concept of detachment, and at first, I thought it was about our mind leaving the body behind. Of course, my interpretation was well off. She spoke of letting go of those things we could not change and look to what we can be thankful for around any stressful or negative situation.

My friend and I looked at each other in a manner that can only be described as a smirk, acknowledging that we know this is easier said than done.

As summer approaches we are nearing the end of classes and are in pursuit of same over the next few months. Some have suggested we could do it outside, under the sun and breeze of the summer. Of course, with the weather we have been having, we may still have to have our parkas on.

Oops. I mean I am grateful that we do not have any hurricanes or earthquakes where we live. Now how about that for detachment.

Have a great summer.

Sue Prodaniuk is a marketing, advertising and communications consultant. She can be reached at sprodaniuk@shaw.ca.

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