Sometimes the best things happen when you least expect them.
I went to yoga last night, didn’t feel like going. I was tired, it had been a long day. But I’m doing a 21 day yoga challenge which means I have committed to 21 days of practice.
During a season when there are so many other things going on, I am choosing yoga. I am choosing me.
A commitment to myself, to my practice, to my well being – physically, mentally and spiritually.
So off I went to yoga – a jam class – also not what I felt like doing.
And yet something drew me to the studio, my body said no but my heart and mind were a YES.
And when I got to the studio and opened the door, my spirits were lifted. I felt moved. I felt like I was part of something bigger than myself.
I knew then that I had made the right choice in coming, and that was before I even started to practice – that was the “pre yoga”!
And then at one point in the class, I started to lose my energy, my focus, my presence. It was during the balancing series. In Dancer’s pose to be precise.
There I stood, wobbling, looking all over the place.
I had lost my drishti and my breath.
And then suddenly, I was lifted up.
Out of nowhere a hand from behind, gently lifted my leg and took me somewhere new.
Somewhere I didn’t think was possible.
Connection … support … community … belonging.
All those things that I hear so much about, that I even talk about when I teach, but don’t always feel.
In that moment it was real. I felt it. I belonged, I was loved, I was part of something. I wasn’t alone on my mat practicing my yoga, I was part of something bigger, a community of likeminded men and women, young and old, large and small. All there for each other. Breathing as one, sharing and lifting each other up.
Nearly took my breath away.
This is why I showed up and this is why I continue to show up day after day, week after week.
To think I would have missed this moment had I stayed at home.
To the Angel named Sam who lifted me up, I say thank you and with that I commit to paying it forward today, tomorrow and beyond so that all can experience what I have.