Inspired By India: Let The Yoga Begin
Last night I found out I have a Vata imbalance that I should help rebalance with a Pitta diet. You can look all that up if you want and find out all sorts of good gossip about me 😉
We were given prescriptions with our dietary needs that we then gave to the chef. How wonderful is that: a prescription for food. That is just the way things should be. The right ingredients and spices are chosen to best support our bodies and we get a special menu in addition to the regular menu that we can order from if we want. So far, the food has been a little bland for me, but I expected that – all the added sugar I usually eat tends to make things more flavorful than they are in reality.
This morning, after sleeping like a log, I woke up at 5:50 (totally not normal for me, I’m a sleeper) and went to a group Hatha yoga class at 7:15. My walk to the Wind Pavilion was helped along by a monkey, a peacock and a flight of bright green birds that burst into movement right in front of me.
Sometimes, I fail to notice the magic in moments like that in my day to day life.
It was magical and I took it as a sign that I am in the right place doing the right thing. I did the beginner yoga class and it was perfect to start the day and to notice just how tight my body has become lately.
Why the heck don’t we always do the things that we know make us feel good? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. The yoga class this morning brought a calm into me and stopped me from feeling like my heart is shaking for the first time in 3-4 weeks. I know yoga works this way for me. I haven’t done it lately. Also, we started the class with chanting 3 om’s. I love chanting. I love the vibration that I feel in my body when I do it. It brings me home and reminds me of stillness. I haven’t chanted in Idon’tknowhowlong even though I could have really used it lately.
I, my patients, and a lot of you know what to do to be healthier but we avoid doing it. What the heck is up with that??
Let me know your thoughts on this in the comments!
In the afternoon, I had my first private yoga class and we went WAY back to basics. We did basic movement through each of the joints, no particular poses. When we got to my hips, I thought I would cry. Not because I was expecting my hips to move but because I cry when I work on them. This is probably reason number 1 why I avoid it and also reason number 1 why I need to do it. They are blocked physically but there is also an emotional block in that part of my body that I haven’t been ready to deal with yet. Now is the time.
My teacher, Sandeep, is gentle and kind. We talked a lot about implementing knowledge today. I have studied everything around alternative health for so long that there isn’t much that surprises me. What I realized though, above all, is that all that knowledge is useless without practice. I have been struggling to make yoga a consistent part of my life for at least 7 years, if not more. It isn’t that I don’t know how much better I feel when I practice. Also I realize that starting a solid practice now radically improves my chances of staying healthy as I age.
So, my question during meditation and quiet time over the next 9 days is the question I asked you to answer above:
Why is it that I struggle to do the things to keep myself healthy despite everything I know?
Time to contemplate on that.
P.S. In the picture above there are two mugs. We are served this at lunch and dinner. The right mug is a combo of watermelon, mint, salt and something else that is meant to be taken before the meal. The left is a mixture of herbs (I could taste gan cao – licorice and cumin seeds) specific to my dosha imbalance that I should drink throughout the meal. 🙂 Both of them serve the purpose of aiding digestion and removing imbalance. I <3 it 🙂