You know I’m all for breaking the rules in general, but these are my rules for self. Before, during, and after my yoga practice. As you can see, these have taken many years of deep study and meditation to arrive at.
- Tame wild mane of hair. Braid it, clip it, pony it, whatevs. Otherwise, said tresses will fall in eyes during Surya Namaskara and you will Sure-ya Nama-scare everyone by toppling over and sprawling about.
- I don’t worry about camel toe (ahem, Lululemon). If your drishti is focused on my lady business when you should be practicing: YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR EYEBALLS AND YOUR BALLS TO YOURSELF.
- I dress outside the lines. “Yoga wear” can be anything that works for YOU.
- No food at least 2 hours before class. It’s simple. Just like the swimming rule. Unless I have a sick yearning for a rollercoaster and feel like enjoying a swirly tummy, I don’t do it.
- Eye-cover for Savasana. You know this is the hardest damned pose for me. I look up at the big beautiful ceiling (the one at YogaWorks Main Street is blue with skylights!) and my mind gets overloaded with ideas, business plans, when I should get my highlights re-done, advanced theories, ways to take over the world, etc. Having a scarf over my eyes helps bring calming darkness, if not silence.
- I don’t practice next to people who smell before class even begins. Yeah, I said it. Color me an asshole, at least I’m honest. Because you know these mo fo’s are going to smell even worse when you get warm…and sticky. And I guarantee that’ll be the day the teacher decides to do a loooong set of pranayama exercises. I speak from experience.
- I’m not a prop-hog. I don’t use many of them, anyway, but I’m always ready to give up a block/strap/etc. to someone who really needs it.
- After washing my yoga mat, I now make sure it is completely dry before use. I had a Slip N’ Slide incident not too long ago. Not the kind of summer fun I was looking for. Splish splash, I had a bubbly ass.
Sometimes I’m a rule maker + rule follower (can’t be helped, I’m a perfectionist with OCD), sometimes I rule break. Balance is good. Keeps the chaos at bay, but encourages life’s spice.
What are your yoga rules for self?
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