Yoga, friends, and letting go

I was in a minor fender bender this weekend. Not my fault, I got rear-ended by a youngster on a slick road on Saturday. She wasn’t supposed to be driving the Mercedes, and she was quite a little brat about the whole thing. She wouldn’t give me her insurance info. . My Jeep has a tow hook, and it did a fabulous job of decimating the front of her hood. Her hood crumpled the bottom of my bumper. So I called in the police to the scene to write up a formal report. The police took care of her uncooperative attitude.

I wasn’t happy about how I handled the situation, because I let the little brat get to me. I kept my composure, but I allowed the situation to replay in my mind. I found myself grumbling, and complaining. Time to let go.

There was a new class listed at the yoga studio on Sunday afternoon, and my yoga buddy Kimberly asked me to go. Yoga with my buddy? Yep, I’m in. It was a really small class, in our cozy little room that smelled of lavender. Having Kimberly to encourage me, and focusing on breathing in and breathing out left me relaxed, and my mind was thankfully at peace.

It’s amazing how far I’ve come in the last year, from barely touching my toes in forward fold to now having my palms on the floor. Going from Down Dog to Plank without huffing and puffing. Not overly complaining about Chaturanga, the slow low push up. I know I have a ways to go, but I’m getting better. Progress is a good thing.

I’m grateful that no one was hurt in the accident. I’m more grateful that my practice has taken me from looking at others and being discouraged by the difference in technique to just focusing on my technique and getting better.

I love this Bunny Yoga poster. It’s so much more my style than the perfect body yoga posters.

8 thoughts on “Yoga, friends, and letting go

  1. Such a sweet chart and so non intimidating. As to the little lady with her attitude, I hope there are consequences at home, but regrettably I fear an entitled little princess pattern. But when it comes to mom or dad’s Mercedes, well…perhaps a different story.
    I am truly glad no one was hurt.

  2. Just started with a new physical therapist who basically only has me doing some lower back stretching with the goal of creating a more curved lower back/lumbar area. He showed me a chart which indicates that the stiffness I continue to feel in my right knee and thigh are related to tightness in that area. Seems a bit of a “stretch” to me to make that connection but I figured “what the hey?” it certainly didn’t hurt to try it. The jury is still out on the efficacy of what consider to be a yoga-like posture/stretch. His office also serves as a yoga it smells and sounds peaceful and restive upon entering, after a 45 minute or so drive from my house to get there. I had been advised earlier by a doctor to do yoga as a way to increase flexibility (which has always bee very limited for me) before replacing my arthritic right hip, which has at least improved the flexibility in that part of my body. If this treatment really does work, I just want you to know that you will be my role model for any future yoga endeavor I might attempt beyond that. Your attitude in this practice and this post are just the best!

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