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Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche
a blog by @LBMarelli
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Yoga is an important part of my life. I attend a class taught by a wonderful local resident. I hope you all find a yoga instructor who connects deeply with you — and on occasion, kicks your ass in class as you focus on your breathing. *big smile*
Much regard to the wonderful yogis in the world!
Life is a theater. Invite your audience carefully. Not everyone is healthy enough to have a front row seat in our lives. There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a distance. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you let go, or at least minimize your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not-going-anywhere relationships/friendships.
Observe the relationships around you. Pay attention. Which ones lift and which ones lean? Which ones encourage and which ones discourage? Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going downhill? When you leave certain people, do you feel better or feel worse? Which ones always have drama or don’t really understand, know or appreciate you? The more you seek quality, respect, growth, peace of mind, love and truth around you, the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the front row and who should be moved to the balcony of your life.
You cannot change the people around you but you can change the people you are around. It’s true that we don’t know what we have learned until we’ve lost it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.
I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow.
Monday Night Yoga with Priyanka Shanbag in West Palm Beach.
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Everyone needs a Yogi like Priyanka Shanbag on Flickr.
I love, love, love my yoga instructor Priyanka Shanbag.
I love my Saturday morning yoga class. It’s free. It’s close to home. It’s full of amazing people. I blogged about a recent class I struggled through because I couldn’t focus on me + my mat. There were so many distractions like a cow-like gum chewer, people’s phones ringing and my thoughts. It was rough for me. I failed miserably at maintaining my focus. I went through the motions but only half of my mind and breath were practicing yoga.
Today was a beautiful class. I worked my way through the cell phones ringing and was happy no gum chewers were in hearing distance. The class overflows into the hallway and because I ran a bit late, I was one of the people hanging out in the hallway practicing yoga.
I put my purse and shoes behind me and settled on my mat as quickly and quietly as possible. I’ll admit that it’s kind of ironic when you are in a hurry to sit on the mat. It was just me and another woman when I set down my mat a few minutes into class. By the time we were doing our first downward facing dog, I glanced at my feet and saw another woman had joined class and was behind me.
She caught my attention immediately. She was different. She had very short hair. She looked like she might be surviving cancer.
On occasion, I would open my eyes to help give myself extra balance and saw her practicing all the moves. She was working her way through without (it appeared) any problems.
Class is challenging. Have I mentioned that before? I consider myself to be in pretty good shape but my legs and arms shake sometimes. Doing Warrior II (B) - boy do my legs shake. I may look strong but up close I am sure you can see my off-balance wobbles and shaky arms and legs.
"Remember to breathe," our instructor reminds us. Who knew it would make such a different to have someone tell us, "Remember to breathe." As soon as she says it, I focus on consistent, deep breaths through my nose.
Even in positions that really challenge me, I breathe through it and keep trying. Don’t give up. Breathe through it. This is a breathing exercise. That sometimes sounds funny because … isn’t everything a breathing exercise?
By the time an hour has past, my body feels worked and still fully energized. Our wonderful instructor reminds us to meet someone new after class. I love the peer pressure of mingling with fellow yogis.
As I rolled up my mat, the woman with short hair behind me said, “I don’t have much strength these days so it was really nice watching you.” She said she was happy I was in front of her for class because my strength was pleasing to watch.
Awwwwwww! My heart practically leaped out of my chest.
I asked her if she was surviving cancer and she said, “Yes.”
I gave her my business card and told her if she wanted to have photos taken, I would be happy to do it for free. I figure there has to be a big identity shift women who survive cancer. The hair loss, the physical changes, etc. So, why not help capture their body and spirit as they are reborn into a new life?
To all the people out there living with cancer and those who survived it, may the gods continue to bless you and those around you. And, to the woman on the mat behind me in today’s yoga class, even if you never call and never see this blog, know that I am sending you all the positive vibes in me to help you make it through your journey.
Your strength inspires me.