Do you ever wonder how you got where you are today? I usually avoid these explorations because my mind spins out with alternate timelines and “Sliding Doors” scenarios. For example, back in 1997, I made one of the first and most important decisions of my life based on mileage. I’d narrowed it down to two universities, and on the day the enrollment deposit was due, I chose the school that was the shorter drive.
It’s at this stage in the thought process that I start to panic. My future rested on the shoulders of a 17 year old? What if I’d chosen the other one? What if I’d never met some of my best friends in that dorm room 20 years ago? What if… I’m going to stop myself here.
Moral of the story: Don’t think too much. I've learned through therapy, yoga, and meditation that thinking is oftentimes a way I distract myself from what’s happening in the moment. When I pay attention to my feelings and listen, the answer might appear before I even ask the question. Which is exactly what happened twice this week…
Revelation #1: Why I kept coming back to yoga class
Savasana. When I started practicing yoga, those five minutes at the end of class were in direct opposition to every other aspect of my life. Someone telling me to just lie there and do nothing? What? Isn’t doing nothing bad? Surely you want me to do something? At first, I was only able to string together a few seconds of quiet at a time. But soon, I found myself looking forward to silence and now I’m down to Savasana for 20 minutes or more. Savasana is when the magic happens.
Revelation #2: Why I decided to teach restorative yoga
Judith Hanson Lasater. Judith has been teaching yoga since 1971 and has written eight books, two of which sit on the clubhouse bookshelf. She is a restorative yoga hero. What Judith teaches speaks to a deep, ancient and universal part of me. It sort of feels like déjà vu. Ah yes, I knew that. I already had the answer. Of course, I should listen to my body. It is wise beyond my years.
Last spring, I had the privilege of studying online with Judith and her daughter Lizzie (also a Restorative Yoga Club member). I’m excited to share that they have another course launching January 1, and get this, it’s 21 days all about Savasana. If you want to take it with me, sign up before January 1 and get $50 off. You’ll have access to the course forever, which means you can go at your own pace and enjoy it over and over.
It's like Judith says, "To practice Savasana is simply one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Learning to relax and breathe well will help you stay centered in the midst of days filled with multiple commitments – and will help you to recover from nights when you had less sleep than you need."