Wednesday night I had a date with Studio DC, on the mat, for an hour of level 1 Vinyasa. Easy stretching, basic poses and simple breathing instructions took up 60 minutes of life; my brain has never been so grateful.
For the time being, my life+work schedule is as busy as it’s ever been. This isn’t to say I have no time to stop and relax, it’s to say that I savor that time with an extra ounce of energy. I crave it during the middle of the day when my head feels like it doesn’t agree with what’s happening. I finally “get” the people who claim to be too tired to workout at the end of the day, that it just “won’t happen”. I rarely fall victim to that stress-trap, but I get it. I see where you’re coming from.
I had not been to a yoga class in well over 2 weeks, and the last one wasn’t really my sweet savasana. It had almost been a month since I had that much-needed mental OM; my apologies to D, for putting up with a mood akin to taper-madness!
Choosing an easy Level 1 (0.5 maybe?) vinyasa was purposeful; I have it in me to tackle something much more challenging, but not on this Wednesday night. On that night my muscles needed a slow transition, and my mind needed the mindless flow. It was sweet, yoga perfection. One long om, where you just let everything escape in the form of a few deep breaths, flexibility attempts and, finally, total relaxation.
After a rough start, the end of this was week was full of what I’m deeming Om-moments – spring tulips blooming all over the city (which remind me of you, Mom!), morning walks in cool fresh air, lunch breaks in the sunshine with a crossword, a group run with the Georgetown crew and a sunset over Foggy Bottom to top it off.
What was your OM moment this week?
Non-yogis, you can still play along. If you’re like “Om? what? Huh?”, just do me a favor – take in a deep breath, and it let it out SLOWLY. You can even hum “Om” while you do it, for the full effect.
Get it, now? There’s your Om moment. You’re welcome. Happy Friday!