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!

Namaste

Cat

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