Had a lot of stuff happening this past weekend and not much of a break before heading right back to work on Monday. By the time I got to Wednesday, I was thinking, “It’s been a long week”. Went to the evening yoga class with Benjamin to try and unwind. It was just the remedy I needed.
Along with the teacher, there were three of us in the studio. Benjamin guided us in an hour long, gentle, meditative practice. Might be gentle but the poses were still challenging enough to make me sweat. During the meditation, he directed us on the use of hand mudras. I really enjoy these evening classes.
In my childhood, I was never the athletic type. I was co-ordinated but just didn’t participate in a lot of sports. Maybe it was my allergies that held me back. Maybe I was a little insecure and shy about playing on a team. I do recall one basketball tryout in Grade 8, where I managed to do a few lay-ups at the net but I was pretty bad. I tried swimming and aerobics for a while too. Just couldn’t get into it. I played a lot of catch by throwing the ball at the garage wall. In vet school, I pitched for our softball team in the co-ed league. I had a pretty good arm, if I can say so myself!
It’s only now as I’ve gotten older that I am enjoying my body and how it can move. Yoga asanas allows me to test my physical limits plus work out the kinks or stress from a day spent reaching over exam tables and talking on the phone to clients. Yoga meditation helps me find my centre and reconnect with my true self.
Not many summer nights left. Gotta enjoy each and every remaining one. In the meantime, I’ll take as many Wednesday evening yoga classes as I can.
“So good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.”
– Puck, from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”