Yoga on a rainy dayPosted: December 14, 2011
It is raining this morning as I type out this post. I don’t know for sure what the weather will be like later in the day when this post goes out as scheduled. They say the rain will stop and it will be warm (in the 50s). But for now, it is raining.
I am on day 80 of my year-long yoga commitment. I usually practice with a DVD to guide me, or with music on those days I want to go off on my own in a sort of free form practice. As I was rolling out my mat this morning I could hear the sound and rhythm of the rain, and decided I would practice with the rain today.
I stepped on the mat with no real idea of what I would do other than warm up with some Sun Salutations.
I surprised myself with the lack of plans and expectations. I would have expected to go right to all of my favorite asanas (poses). Instead, I found myself exploring poses I don’t really like all that much, such as twists and backbends. I took my time as there was no need to keep up with anyone or anything. The to-do list could wait.
The twists and backbends were not easier, but listening to the rain and following my breath, I did find ease in them. There was a flow to it all rather than a hardening or resistance, as well as sense of timelessness.
I went outside when I finished, enjoying the loose and easy feeling of being present in my body while walking in the misty rain.
Yoga doesn’t take time, it gives time.
~ Ganga White
And that, folks, is about it from the Bogs for today. Thank you for joining me on this calm and joyous rainy day. If you happened to get a little damp on that walk, there’s a fire going in the fireplace and a place to sit nearby where you can warm up and dry off. Enjoy. 🙂