I have a confession. I like trashy TV. And by trashy I mean those shows where metaphors are heavy-handed and trite. And what’s worse is that I avoid them when they’re on and wait until seasons pile up. That way I can them watching episode after episode on those nights when I have insomnia. I mention this because occasionally I glean some wisdom from a show (don’t judge me you know there’s a Grey’s Anatomy or reality horror show in your TV closet).
A character discovers her sexuality and exclaims that she feels like she just put on glasses. She goes on to explain about how the world is fuzzy and you don’t think any thing of it. And then you get glasses. WHAMMO! Your whole world changes. This resonated with me as I do wear glasses and I remember that moment of clarity clearly.
I thought about yoga. Of course, you may say, because most of what I say is somehow related to yoga but the glasses comparison really spoke to me.
Years ago I wouldn’t have been able to admit this to anyone but yoga has opened up a world of accepting what’s not perfect (or at least my perception of what perfect looked like). I think that when we talk about perfection we’re really talking about judgement. We judge what we do or what others do against standards real and imaginary. My practice has allowed me to bend more physically and emotionally.
1. A regular practice can help provide clarity so you can see what’s really important and what may ‘old noise’ just getting in the way. Practicing everyday helps me catch myself when an old record plays something negative or when I can’t focus on anything but the heat of the yoga room or when the unexpected shakes up my routine.
2. Yoga helps you deal with what is, not what was or what is going to be.
3. Yoga wakes up the self-acceptance you had as a kid. You re-learn how to play and have fun with body without judgement or reprisal. One of my favorite yoga posts comes from author Joshilyn Jackson, ‘An Open Letter to the Fat Girl I saw at Hot Yoga in New York City’.
Faith Hunter is my current yoga crush- she’s been featured on the cover of Yoga Journal and has her own studio in Washington, D.C. Watch her talk about what it means to be ‘Spiritually Fly’…
How has yoga made you fall in love with you?