Lessons On The Mat – Patience

How do you deal with difficult situations? Do you scream and yell? Do you hold your breath? Today, I was placed in a very challenging situation. Originally, I felt like stomping around in a frustrated rage for the rest of the day, but I quickly realized that would not be very productive. Instead, I have decided to share what I learned today.

Through a regular practice of yoga and meditation, I have been given the opportunity to step away from myself in difficult moments to analyze everything that arises. I strive to turn every one of these moments into a lesson – a way to better myself. That does NOT mean I don’t find myself wanting to flip tables and scream at the top of my lungs when I’m angry. It also doesn’t mean I don’t curl up into a ball with tears streaming down my face like a waterfall when I’m in a particularly low mood. Rather, it gives me the understanding of why I am feeling the way I am feeling, and also allows me the opportunity to glean a lesson and grow.

Today, my lesson was patience {and a little bit of learning how to better stand up for myself in the future}.

I teach yoga around the Houston area, and in my class today I had a student that did not resonate with me as a teacher. The student, we’ll call him Bob, wasn’t a fan of my music {which is always a nice blend of cultures and backgrounds} and didn’t seem to like the way I taught either. Bob seemed to have an expectation for the class {he missed out on the introduction at the beginning to clear that up} and spent most of the class huffing and puffing on his mat. There seemed to be some internal struggle that he was working through, and he took the frustration out on me. I ended up completely shutting off the music to appease Bob, and now, in this moment, I wish I hadn’t.

Here are the lessons I learned from my class with Bob:

  1. Some people will be sassy. It likely means they REALLY need to be on their mat.
  2. Don’t change the class for one student. The other students continue to come to class because they like what I do. Including the music.
  3. Not everyone will resonate with what you have to offer {I already knew that, but it is a good reminder}

Here are the lessons I wish I could have shared with Bob:

  1. Don’t be late to class, if you can help it. Important stuff happens at the beginning, and it can make or break the practice
  2. Don’t get wrapped up in the space around you. Not the music, not your neighbor, not your hair. You should be able to focus inward no matter what is going on around you. Practice.
  3. Go with the flow and get outside your comfort zone/routine. Getting on your mat more often will help.

Ultimately, I hope Bob left with some kind of new knowledge that he didn’t have at the beginning of the practice. I am thankful he made time to get on his mat today, and for taking the time to teach me some more patience.

If you are a yogi, and have a similar story to tell, I would love to hear it. If you don’t, maybe take this opportunity to soak in a few lessons to make your practice a better one.

In the meantime, the light in me loves the light in you. Namaste ❤

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