A student asked me last week “please give me a pep talk”. Don’t we all feel this way sometimes! I asked: why do you need a pep talk? She said, “I have been working so hard, I am practicing for some time, and I still do not feel improvement!!” Her words resonated with me a day later, when I came upon a quote that I had penciled in my notebook back in 2005 when I attended the National Iyengar Conference in Estes Park. The words of the well-known yogi, BKS Iyengar seemingly jumped off the page, “Live with disappointment one day it will turn into an appointment.”
Sometimes we all have negative thoughts of question and doubt, “why am I doing this yoga practice? It helped so much and now it does not anymore.” These negative impulses regarding our practice are here to stay. We hit them time and time again, when we are sick, injured, or feeling down.
Part of a yoga practice is to know that some of these feelings will always be there and that we need to move through them. A skillful response to these impulses is not to let go of the practice; on the contrary it is to continue practice. It is when we are in physical or emotional pain, when things do not go our way that our practice helps; actually it is for these moments that we have practiced.
I certainly felt this way last spring when I was suddenly in an accident that left me with a broken pelvis and foot, unable to even stand for quite some time, let alone practice yoga asana. But in fact, I did practice, I adapted to the circumstances, to the new me, the broken me. I used my breath to still my mind. Everyday I stretched what I could, lifting my arms over my head in bed, lying over a bolster to keep my chest open. My main practice was stilling my mind with my breath. I was ready to turn this devastating disappointment into an appointment to reacquaint myself with my breath, my body and my awareness.
Faced with utter disappointment at how my body was changed in an instant, I found that the discipline of yoga helps us to learn to redirect the mind, so that these negative thoughts do not win the day. We have many tools given to us by ancient teachings of yoga from Patañjali, but the first is to stay consistent and perseverant with our practice. An understanding can come to us that these thoughts are but our mind rebelling as we try to redirect it.
So yes, remaining constant and sticking to one’s practice may actually help in maintaining our positive outlook and perspective on life. We all know how positive we sometimes feel when everything is going well and we are feeling our most strong and healthy. So it was ever more important in my recovery to keep my chest and my heart open as I was slogging through the daily grind of physical and emotional recovery. In fact, I looked at these daily sessions as an opportunity to have an “appointment” with my own best self.
Tomorrow is another day, so yes enjoy this appointment and be ready if you find that it arrives today! Have faith that when we lose the thread and feel less directed at times, that it is with friendliness (Maitri) and compassion (Karuna) that we bring our scattered mind back to the task. You may just find, as did I, that time after time with practice and perhaps a pep talk or two, we can all change our outlook on life.
Artemis Yoga is committed to enable individuals with disabilities to participate as fully as possible in classes at our yoga studio. On the first level there is a wheelchair accessible entrance, yoga class studio and bathroom.
All classes on the first floor are wheelchair accessible in our flagship, primary studio. The lower level studio is reached by two stairways. In the event that a class in the lower level is not accessible to a participant, the studio owner or manager on-premise will adjust that class location to the first floor, grade level studio. With reasonable notice, this change will readily be made as an accommodation.
The request can be made in person, via email or telephone and advance notice of the request to the studio is appreciated. Artemis Yoga will make an earnest effort and attempt to provide reasonable accommodation pending timely notice by participants needing such accommodations.
Artemis Yoga will also work with the individual to ensure that participation in class is achievable. This may include providing additional props, chairs or hands-on assistance that the teacher is able to deliver while continuing to teach the class to all participants.
If you have any questions regarding this policy, please reach out directly to the studio owner, Liz Padula.
Artemis Yoga offers “live” online yoga classes through Zoom. To join, find an inviting space to practice and follow the steps below:
Step 1: Use your MINDBODY account with Artemis Yoga to register for the class.
Step 2: Log into https://zoom.us/join and enter the Class-Specific Meeting ID then click “Join”.
Step 3: Once you click on the Meeting ID, register with your name and email in Zoom. Please use your real name so we can match with Mindbody. You will then be entered in the “Waiting Room.”
Step 4: When let in from the waiting room, click “Join with Computer Audio.”
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