Effort Now, Benefits Later

lazy fat cat

How I felt this morning

I woke up this morning feeling bloated, tired, and stiff. It took every ounce of willpower to get myself out the door and to the studio for the Mysore-style Ashtanga (read about different yoga styles here). Once I showed up on my mat, I thought everything would magically fall into place and it would be my Best Practice Ever.

Ha! “Good one,” my body said to my brain. I went through the motions of the Primary series, but couldn’t focus. If I had a hard time with a bind or a deep forward fold, I didn’t work on it; I just let it be and moved on. My jump back from Bhuja Pidasana was a big sloppy mess. The opposite of this:

As I left class, I confessed to my friend Grace, a classmate of mine from the yoga teacher training at Yoga East, how I had totally half-assed my practice. Grace, in all of her infinite wisdom, said:

At least you showed up. That is what matters. You put the effort in now, and you will reap the benefits later.

Just a few simple words made me feel like my morning had not been a complete waste.

Grace teaches a $5 community class on alternating Thursdays at the Yoga East Kentucky Street studio. You should go to her class so you can bear witness to her wonderful Graceisms.

The end!



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