Wednesday – 23rd February 2011
What a morning! We wake up at 6.30am so we can go for a swim in the pool before yoga at 8am. The whole group has decided we would do the yoga class at 8am this morning to support 2 of the group members who are having physical challenges and what got worked out is that it would feel encouraging and significant for them for the group to attend together.
This is a huge S-T-R-E-T-C-H for me to participate as I don’t like yoga or in fact any other “on-the-ground” based exercise. When I have been convinced before that it is ‘good for me’ and have gone along to a class, rather than ending up feeling flexible and graceful, lithe and relaxed and serene, etc….etc….- you know ‘the yoga ommmmmmmmming serene stance – insert images of these gorgeous muscled, lithe gods and goddesses – I usually end up feeling in pain, aware of my many inflexibilities and rigidities, feeling unfit, incompetent and staring at the roof and hating the drone of the teacher’s voice as he gives instructions in such a way as if to imply this is easy peasey stuff……
The teacher’s Indian meditative voice drones – “Raise….both….legs….. in…..the…..air”, he says to us lying on our backs on the floor. That shouldn’t be too hard I think….. I could raise one leg at a time which is the exercises we have done up to now. “Raise legs!” I command. They stay flat on the floor and the message back to me is “You’ve got to be kidding!” “Move”, I direct again. But no response! I try pleading and being insistent but still they don’t move. Where’s my super powers when I need them?
Then my head says – remember you have a pain in your groin that challenges you at the best of times. AND have you already forgotten that prior to coming to the class just 30 minutes ago we went down the beach and you went for a swim in the ocean and you got well and truly dumped by a wave onto your backside and coccyx and you are in pain!! A lot of pain in fact. And to lift your legs you need the leverage of those muscles. Not going to happen!!….So I lay still while the others dangle their legs in the air.
Next we have to get up off the floor and stand. Well if Shelton hadn’t been there to pull me up then I would still be sitting there. Then the teacher demonstrates the next ‘pose’ and goes down with his hands to the ground stretching one leg out behind him and I didn’t wait any longer to see anymore. I skedaddled out of there as quick as my pained and unfit body could carry me. End of yoga classes for me…….!!
Back to the beach before I forget it……..What an amazing experience it was this morning. From high up on the hill where our cottage is we could hear this really loud music. It was pretty early in the morning for people to be partying on the beach we think. The beach normally has much activity happening as below us is a whole world of fishermen as well as tourists exercising and strolling the beach as well as young teenage Indian boys playing games of soccer.
Well today we were in for a treat! Right down on the beach at the water’s edge next to the fishermen were a bunch of people dancing – a young girl in front, then a line of 3 young women in saris behind her and then a line of 3 men behind them and there were movie cameras and TV monitors and a generator playing and this was the dance music blaring out we had been hearing and they did their thing over and over in true Bollywood dance style. What a juxtaposition of the 2 worlds!….. All the glitter and glamour of the movie scene next to the day in day out relentlessly hard work of the scantily clad fishermen.
We couldn’t linger here too long watching as Shelton had said he would come to the beach if it was a short visit as he wanted to be on time for yoga. Because the pool was closed today I thought I would like to have a go at swimming in the ocean. Well you heard the story above – only a few minutes in the water and this dam wave dumps me! Drat!
Question for you: Who in your life could benefit from you stretching into doing something that is unfamiliar and uncomfortable?
And another question: Where could you benefit from someone stretching into doing something for you that is unfamiliar and uncomfortable for them?
Must go to bed. Take care. My gratefulness to those of you who have subscribed – I feel encouraged and cheered on!
Hope you are having a great day full of much adventures and connection.
Take gentle care of yourself and those you love, My gratitude and love, Susie.