Note to self: do not start a writing challenge because it is a guarantee something outside your control will prevent you from doing it. The first #365yoga challenge I set for myself came with 5′ of snow in CT and 9 snow days (read: no solo time to write). This writing challenge has come with the flu. That darn pesky virus has descended upon our house despite our annual vaccine and has shut down everything for the past five days. My eldest elf started the chain reaction followed rapidly by me and my youngest elf. Yesterday the three of us were at home, hunkered down on the couch on our respective iDevices and taking ibuprofen at regular intervals. It has been a long week and I cannot remember the last time I was this sick if ever. Needless to say I am very happy that I chose to start the year with Sukhasana as my pose. I spent nearly all day yesterday in Sukhasana and was very happy Sirsasana was not my requirement.
Yet, despite feeling craptastic and wishing I was on a beach in Anguilla drinking something cold and frosty instead of chugging down honey/ginger/tea, I have learned a lot from this experience. Like falling in Bakasana and realizing the ground is not that far away, I have seen that flu viruses come and then go. My eldest is already back on track and my youngest soon to join him. I too may see the light at the end of the tunnel tomorrow as well. Fingers and toes crossed!
Just like a poor engagement of abdominal muscles in Chaturanga can lead to sore shoulders, we learn something from all the negatives that come our way. We remember to pull that belly in and up, we remember to use the shoulder stabilizer muscles and we learn to see the good in the not so terrific. The flu is,surprisingly, also not without its merits.
Here’s what I have learned in the past five days:
1.) yoga eye masks make great warmer-uppers when you feel cold from having a fever (just pop them in the microwave for a minute). Mine are from Inner Space Yoga and they rock.
2.) video games and tween TV shows have merit when elves are stuck at home sick with a mom who is also sick.
3.) yoga students understand when you need subs and some even reach out to you to check in and see that you are okay and if you need anything. (thanks to those who did, you know who you are)
4.) your yoga teacher pals will step up and sub for you over and over again. they will take care of your students and in that way take care of you.
5.)you can still do Sukhasana even with a fever.
6.) sick elves come in handy when you need yoga pose pictures for a blog post you wrote. also, even with a fever one can do many different poses for pictures and do them in tie dyed yoga pants if need be.
7.) furry elves provide a Navasana-load of comfort
8.) staying away from teaching for a week is more inspiration than any yoga teacher would need. I cannot wait to get back to my classes.
9.) Yogi Tea Green-Tea with Pomegranate and Jasmine Green Tea from Trader Joe’s both taste amazing with extra lemon and honey for sore throats. Plus they can be made extra hot which helps.
10.) reading about yoga, writing about yoga, posting about yoga and thinking about yoga does not stop even if your body does not want to move in yoga poses. Hence: asana is only one of the eight limbs. This truth is always a good thing to be reminded of in any yoga practice.
A yogi learns to find their practice off the mat. A writer learns to find the words when they cannot be written. A mom learns to find space when there is none available. This too shall pass.
I learned to do all of these this week.
The flu taught me all these things.
p.s. did you catch Alanis rocking Sirsasana at the wall in the beginning of the video?