Today I was lucky enough to experience the yoga of Christmas. Class at Urban Flow was packed wall to wall. I was surprised that so many people came out for yoga. The energy was lovely, and Rusty made a reference to the movie 'Splash', and the sense of wonder that the mermaid has when she sees a rabbit. I've been thinking a lot lately about the mystery of mermaids so this stuck out to me in a serendipitous metaphysical sense.
Let's live every day with this sense of wonder and surprise.
Here's a taste of the musical arc the class took. From fun, to hip hop, to Christmas, to invocation, to serene.
Dance closer to the one that you love. Seems self explanatory.
Try Again by Aliyaah. Bittersweet nostalgia. Try again. Because we always mess up.
Rusty's favorite Christmas song.
Svasana. And my favorite Christmas song. This is the Sarah McLachlan cover of Joni Mitchell's classic. This song invokes love and sadness. I found myself singing along in Svasana and I think Rusty noticed.
So that was Christmas morning. Yoga is a bit like church, it leaves you feeling reinvigorated and closer to everyone around you in the room. We do it with our collective energy, with our music, with our voices and our songs.
Yoga prepares us for the unexpected outside 'off the mat'. It allows you to step outside of your comfort zone, to work on things that are challenging and unnatural.
I'll leave with one more quote from Rusty:
Cheers to that continued sense of wonderment and to embracing pieces of life that feel less than natural.