Sometimes in class, when we're (okay, the students) are in a challenging pose, or a core work 'moment,' I'll stop giving cues and just ask, "soooo how was your day?"
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I realize some folks hate this--it pulls them out of the zone, it takes them out of the present moment! And I preach present moment awareness all the time! What is going on? Why, of all things would I ask this question, or whether they're hungry for chocolate cake at such an intense moment?
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Well, there are many reasons, and maybe you have your own, but mine is this: to press pause on the DRAMA!
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You know the drama, right? The on-going, never ending stories we tell? Much of the time it continues through our practice. The dialogue may go something like this: "ah, finally made it to yoga! Finally I can relax from my busy day. Wait who is this teacher? Ugh I want MY teacher! And this music? Fine, whatever just breathe and go with it. Warrior 2... Oh man I'm so bad at this pose. Does the back heel go in our out? Did I put on deodorant? Shit I didn't. I hope my pants aren't see through. Oh yeah, breathe..." Etc, etc.
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Or perhaps you've managed to transcend all that stuff and your mind is clear, breath is always perfectly flowing, and you go from tadasana to savasana without a thought! Congratulations! You're done. You don't need to yoga anymore! 🙌🏾
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If you're like most of us, the thoughts will still come and go. When I ask this question, my intention is to just briefly remind folks to be here now, by deliberately pulling them out of the swirl of thought, sensation and jaw-clenching intensity. For some people, I'm sure it's sweet and brings them back to the present moment. Others, I'm sure roll their eyes and don't come back. It's okay either way.
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All of this to say, find lightness in your life to soften the hard edges! Laugh at yourself and your absurd ways sometimes! You can take the practice seriously and do real work, and not take YOURSELF so seriously. I believe that in the quest for Enlightenment, or just flexible hips, joy, fun, play and humor is all part of it-- or it at least can be. Anyway, just play with it all. This life is a grand experiment. Begin again

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