See this mat? Sometimes you should sit down on it!
The practice of being present.....
See this mat? Sometimes you should sit down on it - yes, even when you are on retreat IT IS OK ;)
There have been a lot of newbies at my yoga studio lately - being totally new ourselves... but even with my own practice sometimes I’ve noticed that no matter how many times we are invited to sit down if we feel overwhelmed during class, it is hard to do so.
So... if you are having a class, or a day on retreat think of this. I try to!
Sitting out means you are respectful: you are respecting yourself, but you are also being respectful to others. If you don’t sit when you need to, you are probably pacing, throwing up, passing out, guzzling water, fanning yourself or running out of the room. All those things are much more distracting and rude to others than sitting quietly on your mat.
Sitting out means you are brave: sure, most people around you will be doing postures but you are not a lemming. You are individual enough to choose a different path when you need to. In this instance – screw the 98% 9 ;)
Sitting out means you are present: you are practicing today. What you did or didn’t do yesterday is irrelevant. It’s gone. Let it go.
Sitting out means you are connected to your body: you are listening. You are not just bulldozing your way through because you think it makes you look cool.
Sitting out means you are humble: yoga is about honesty and killing the ego. When Bikram tells us to get in the hot room and “kill your self” this is what he is talking about. The true Self (with a capital S) would never worry about something so silly as this. So get over your self (with a small s) and sit your ass down.
When you do sit, sit proudly. Don’t crumple up in a ball or beat yourself up. Sit tall. Get back on top of your breath. Meditate. Be grateful for this opportunity to sit on your mat and be grateful for that moment - sitting on our mats - we are still getting the benefits of class!!
& In those kinds of moments, we are truly living the practice.