Monday, April 12, 2010
Can You Help Me Fall in Love With Yoga?
Yesterday I was in line at the grocery store and I saw a yoga magazine with a beautiful Black woman on the cover. She looked so happy and healthy, I had to pick it up and see what I could do to capture that sense of inner and outer beauty. I also wanted to see what magazine this was, because I couldn't recall ever seeing a Black person on the cover of a yoga magazine. I thought perhaps it was a new yoga magazine just for Black people.
But it wasn't. It was Yoga Journal. I didn't have time to read through the magazine, but I did find out that the cover model is a yoga instructor in DC and she's about my age. So, I reasoned, if I started doing yoga, I too could look that fresh and healthy.
Only one problem. I really don't like yoga. And it's not because I'm Black and I think yoga is for White people. I just think yoga is boring. There I said it. I'm sorry. I faithfully went to yoga classes when I was pregnant with my first son. And I don't even know what kind of yoga this was, but every class included a butt-freaking cold shower as part of the practice. Once my son was out of the womb, I hung up my yoga mat. Over the years I've tried to go back to yoga, to different studios, at the gym, hoping that I could fall in love with the practice but I can never muster any enthusiasm for it. I'm sure it's me and not the yoga at fault, but I feel like I've given my best effort.
Here's the thing. Lately I've been feeling the need to get my body healthier. I need to find some form of exercise and meditation to bring me a sense of peace and strength. I think I need yoga. But wouldn't I just be setting myself up for failure to sign up for a class that I already have negative feelings for? Well, seeing that woman on the cover of Yoga Journal and reading about Afrikan Yoga, which sounds intriguing and a little more entertaining, my yoga mat is calling my name again. (Did you know yoga came from Egypt, not India? Note photo above.) Maybe I can do this. Maybe there is a yoga out there for me. One that will help settle my restless mind, strengthen my flabby muscles, and refresh my internal organs. But won't put me to sleep.
Any yoga devotees out there who can teach me how to fall in love with yoga? All advice is welcome.