Yoga and Hot Green Tea

Ahhh, yoga. I love it. I’m lucky enough to have a studio within walking distance of my home so on this lovely Spring night I waltzed on over for my bi-weekly class.  Well I walked, anyone who knows me knows I don’t waltz.

As I lie (lay?laid?) on my mat and try very hard to stop the whirling dervish of thoughts in my head, I try to remember to breathe. Inhale — expand, exhale — contract. Let the thoughts which cross my mind just pop out of my head in a bubble. Eyes on your own mat, this is your experience — but I just can’t help looking at myself,  thinking I really need to diet… and run… a marathon… maybe a couple of times…a week. Ah, let those thoughts float out of my mind. Try for blankness, don’t forget to breathe…STOP obsessing about your stomach fat… Breathe. Stop thinking about the kids…accept their fuck-ups are their’s not yours… bubble…pop…Why am I thinking about “Keeping up with the Kardashians”?….Breathe…Flow…Where the hell is that thought coming from?…Breathe…Stillness..Yes…Blankness…Energy…Nice.

Now I’m feeling great; I’m relaxed. Time for some hot green tea, the warmth is wonderful, say my goodbyes to the teacher and fellow yogites, turn around and  spill the scolding water all over my hand…and the floor…Fuck that’s hot…now I’m embarrassed….and the floor’s soaking wet…and my hand is burning…

Breathe…

Namaste…

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9 responses to “Yoga and Hot Green Tea

  1. Kathy Catanzaro

    Love it, keep it up very entertaining.

  2. OH MY GOD SHEL-I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ommmnnn Shanti-Namaste

  3. You are a wonderful writer…hysterical really…can’t wait to see where you go with this….and I am so on that beach with you getting a massage I think I was drooling as I read it!

  4. LMAO!!!

  5. Thanks for all the glowing feedback!! You know how much I love self-deprecating humor AND I think I might have scarred my fingers 🙂

  6. I just LOVE your wit! I can so relate!

  7. Kate Lewis Andrews

    This post makes me (1) want to go back to yoga class and (2) realize why I don’t go to yoga anymore! You’ve got a great voice. Keep writing!!

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