If you do yoga I’m sure someone has told you “that’s not very yogic of you” or something like that. The truth is that being a yogi doesn’t mean your a doormat or a pushover, instead it means sometimes you need to be fierce like a mother lion protecting her cub.
Some days it’s difficult to find anytime to hit my mat but I notice when that happens because I don’t feel as connected to my body or my heart and the way I response to all the experiences that come up during the day, whether they are good or bad, seem to be greatly influenced by my yoga/meditation practice or lack there of.
I’ve been assaulted both physically and mentally in my life and my response has changed because of yoga. Yoga has allowed me to become stronger, like a diamond, in my very core and at the same time soften my outer body so when these assaults happen they don’t effect the core of who I am.
I’ve got a sweet story written all over my right palm, many years ago, in a rage I smashed two glasses on a table and in that process I mangled my hand. I had to get stitches and lost a huge chuck of flesh. That scar is always a great reminder of how much I have changed. At the time I didn’t have a yoga cool to loose but now I wouldn’t response that way to anything.
Yesterday was a different story. I love to walk to my class, we live really close to where I teach but the path is sometimes sprinkled with weirdos. I’m pretty good at ignoring them but yesterday was a bit more challenging.
Two drunken Pittas (fiery folks) came up to me when I waiting at the lights and the one was trying really hard to get my attention. A second before he was going to grab me I stepped out in front of an oncoming car and just walked calmly across the street. My heart was racing but I’m so glad I didn’t have to do anything else because it might have got ugly. If he did grab me this ending would be different.
I won’t stop walking or biking to work but I will keep practicing so that I don’t loose my yoga cool. My husband gave me some lessons in self defense on our walk home that I won’t forget! I’m a conscious being but I’m armed with knowledge and a deeper love for our planet and the other beings we share it with.
Keep your yoga cool by practicing,