Goodbye Ordinary

Day 10: “We come for the drugs”

Posted on: April 10, 2013

1/3 of the challenge completed! While that’s an exciting milestone, I’m not really excited about it. I don’t want the yoga challenge to end. Last year I was so disappointed it was over.

I love being able to say “See you tomorrow” to my yogi friends as we disperse from the lounge after class. I love the energy and exhuberance that follows me throughout my day when I go to morning yoga. I love being awake before the sun—WHOA did I just write that? My fingers must be high.

The title of my blog post is kind of ironic considering the REAL drug incident yesterday morning… but it was said in class today, as a joke because the studio is on the same block as a pharmacy. The pharmacy peeps would get mad when yogis would park in front of their building “because we need to get prescriptions!” So it was said… “but we DO come for the drugs”. It’s true. Anyone who tells you otherwise isn’t being honest.

We are addicts.

We come to get blissed out on savasana. We all have our drug of choice. My favorite for maximum bliss factor is navasana. Navasana and then VERY quickly, as fast as you can, down to your back, hands out to your sides, palms up… BAM. Right there. THAT is why I do yoga.

Some of us may need a 12 step program. Well, actually, for a lot of us, yoga IS our 12 step program:

  1. Admit we are not in control
  2. Let breath & our body restore us
  3. Decide to turn ourselves over to  the body & breath
  4. Take an honest inventory
  5. Be honest about our faults & limitations, whatever they may be
  6. Do the practice that heals us
  7. Push, just a bit further towards growth
  8. “Clarity of the mind, Kindness of the words, Compassion of the heart”
  9. Namaste. See the light shining in ourselves and know that it is in all others. Find that light.
  10. Meet yourself where you are in each moment, without judgement or expectation
  11. Clear the mind. Be fully present.
  12. Take everything you’ve gained from the experience and practice it in all aspects of your life

So there. My take on the Yoga 12 step program.

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Class was practically comedy central this morning.

Kath and Kate were hilarious.

“I make my living telling people to stretch. Reminding people to BREATHE. You pay for this.”

When you break it down like that, in it’s simplest terms. Yes. She does. It’s money well spent. I’d gladly pay her to do it forever.

It is kind of ridiculous though that we can’t just make time for it on our own. We have to schedule it into our lives, and I don’t mean on our own time. We HAVE to pay for it. We have to write it on our schedule, IN PEN, and not miss it “because I paid for it!” That is how we make ourselves go. When it’s free, we don’t do it. We neglect it. We take it for granted. It gets pushed aside and instead we’ll pay for a movie, or fast food, or something that is equally unrewarding.

I’ll gladly take that $10 I’d have spent on a heart-actack in a bag and give it to Kath instead.

In all honesty, I’ve told myself before… “I can’t afford it” in reference to going to yoga every (week)day. That’s a lie. We go to lunch every day at work. I go not because I *can’t* pack my lunch, but because I need the socialization. However,  on average, I’m sure I could save that money and put that toward yoga instead. It’s a choice. We just don’t usually make that decision.

Brin

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2 Responses to "Day 10: “We come for the drugs”"

I loved this post (I love all of your posts!!) Did you devise those 12 Steps? Because they are awesome! I want to make a poster out of them and hang it in the studio, so I need to know who to credit. It is so fun to have you in the mornings, especially! Jai!

Yes! I read through the AA 12 steps and then put them into yogic terms! 😀 How witty of me. They could probably use some tweaking, as it was just my daily, un-revised blog. But I think they have potential! Thank you for your continued support, in all things! ❤

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