I didn't know a single person at the Ashram...and I stopped going before I ever got to know any one. I suppose it's kind of like that, at places where people are being introspective and the only "talking" is really chanting. It was outside of my comfort-zone which also included driving 45 minutes to Oakland...one way...by myself. Yet, the rewards were so worth it.
What does this have to do with today? Well, I was privy to a great Got Daily Deal special for our local hot yoga studio. As most of you know, attending yoga at a studio is usually very expensive ($100 + per month) so when I saw a one month unlimited coupon for $20 I was all over it! Having been to my 4th vinyasa flow class so far I can tell you that hot yoga, for me, is a lot like mediating, except with a lot of sweat.
As emotional as these classes have been, and as happy as I feel in my life right, I know that the meditative aspect has been able to stir some 'issues' that I have yet to address. They may not be the huge issues I had at certain points in my life, but there are still some lingering around.
Which leads me back to the thought, why did I stop? Pretty soon my $20 deal will expire and I am in no position to pay the regular fees to continue at the studio (thanks economy, job loss and 3 pay cuts). And although I did manage to get a Groupon for a 3 month membership at my local Gold's Gym (for only $49~score), I know that their yoga classes will not stir the types of feelings that I got in that 102 degree, humid room, with Krishna Das chanting "Om Namah Shivaya" softly in the background, as I struggled in side plank with rivulets of sweat running down my arms. Which leads me to believe that it is time to dust off the nail mat, download some Mantra Radio, and start reconnecting again.
|I purchased my Nail Mat at Marshalls for $10!! =)|