Hi. My name is Billy. I practiced in front of you this morning. I’m the guy with the oversized water bottle and undersized shorts.
I overheard you talking with the teacher after class. You said that at one point you felt overwhelmed and needed to take a break. And it made you feel embarrassed.
Just so you know, I’m a teacher too. In fact I own the studio. I knew it was your first ever Yoga class so I was keeping a bit of an eye on you.
You did better than you think.
I saw your determination in trying to grab your foot. I saw your progress by getting it the second time. I saw your concentration in figuring it out. I saw your patience in taking a break. I saw your strength in getting back up.
How you felt is perfectly normal. We all have our struggles, that’s why we are there. And we will be there again tomorrow.
I vote you join us. We can try to grab our feet and see what happens.
Studio Tip-After Class
The best compliment that you could ever give your Yoga Teacher…
“I’ll see you tomorrow.”
I don’t go to Work to do my Job. I do my Job so I can go to Work.
Imagine for a moment I were a bus driver. It would be my Job to keep the bus clean, safe, gassed up, on schedule, and going in the right direction.
By doing my Job, that allows me to do my Work. The part I would do for free. The reason I wanted to be a bus driver in the first place.
To fill my bus with people and help take them where they want to go.
So do the Job of getting in the room. Make the time, stay hydrated, get yourself a mat, and show up.
Then you can do the real Work. The reason you do it in the first place.
Posture Tip-Awkward 1st Part
Sit down until your hips touch the chair.
Everybody has a slightly different chair depending on their anatomy, mostly the length of the femur bone.
Sit too low, and you cannot lift your chest up and bring your upper body back , so that your total spine is backward bending.
To go deeper in the posture you aren’t trying to sit lower. You are trying to lean back and fall down backwards.
Twinkle twinkle little scar
How I wonder where you are
On the knees and seen with the eyes?
Or deeper inside, beneath and besides.
We all have them. Scars tell the tales of our traumas. They are permanent markers from times of suffering or dis-ease.
Some of us have scars on the outside, and some of us have scars on the inside.
Most of us have them on both.
Bikram Yoga is Therapy for where our scars are.
Posture Tip-Head To Knee
Don’t just Tuck your chin to your chest. Touch your chin to your chest.
This is not a stretching pose, it is a compression posture.
The goal is to create maximum pressure to the abdomen and throat. It is a marriage between compression and extension between the pancreas and kidneys, thyroid and pituitary glands.
Even by doing just 5% of the posture you get 100% benefit, as long as you are trying the right way and don’t give up.
When I was 20 I hiked the Appalachian Trail. At 2190 miles, it’s the longest hiking only footpath in the world. For 6 months I carried my possessions in a pack on my back and walked in the woods, from Georgia to Maine.
When I started the journey I carried a lot. I had a 52 pound backpack and 100 tons of grief from the loss of my sister Kristen.
I realized quickly that carrying such weight around would make every step even more difficult than it already was.
I had to really think deeply about what I needed to be holding onto.
So, I cut the handle off of my toothbrush in hopes of saving an ounce. I ripped the pages from my journal to save me from the weight of the binder. I let go of the disappointment in myself that I couldn’t save her.
Turns out letting go of things, even if they seem small and irrelevant, can add up and have a great impact on how we are able to move forward.
Ultimately I got the pack down to 45 pounds. But the weight off my shoulders from learning to let go was far greater.
Now my path is different. A 2000 sq ft hot yoga room.
Still though, it’s plenty of room to work on letting go.