It has been a month since we started teaching at a wellness centre for the armed forces and their families but the change in the people who attend is perceptible. Many of them come with some conditions or ailments but in a matter of a few classes, there is a bounce in their step, more confidence in their presence. As my teacher says, it is asana technology. Truly how little we know about the magnificence that is this embodiment.
I was a little apprehensive about the assignment when my teacher told me about it but I had kept my reservations to myself as questioning would have been questioning her judgement. She wouldn’t have entrusted a task if she didn’t think we were up to it. Of all the concerns, the biggest one for me was that I might falter during the invocation. It seems silly but that was the most challenging part of the class. The call and response. I’m so used to either saying it by myself or then following the teacher that switching roles was a challenge. But, it is better now. My friend and colleague also experienced the same.
Now that June is just a day away, I’m looking forward to another year of learning and exploring, getting along with the archival work etc. A quick message to the volunteers who helped with the library work found that same enthusiasm in them too so it is exciting to have more hands on deck. For someone who is a lone ranger, it is a change coordinating with so many but it is really the greater purpose that makes it easy. June is typically the beginning of the academic year across schools in the country and it feels apt to get ready to go back after the summer holidays, meet old friends, exchange notes and generally settle into the swing of a routine. I’m eager to get started with one myself after a roller coaster May.
Last month showed me a whole new me. I managed a whole bunch of things that seemed insurmountable to accomplish on my own when I started. But, I finished all the tasks well in time and without losing any sleep over it. Truly, it all just happened but I needed to show up and stay. Dhridhatha. It is a gift of yoga. It seems simplistic to attribute mental resilience to asana but that is the playground where one learns to stand tall with a lifted and wide chest quite like the mountain after which tadasana is named. It is the same asana which brings the cheer and courage in all the faces I see at the centre. Sometimes I wish I could see the after effect in myself. I feel it but the stark difference that is visible outwardly is more evident to an outside eye.
The holiday practice took a very different shape this year, more mental and emotional rather than asana. It showed me parts of myself I hadn’t been acquainted with. Maybe someday I’ll get around to telling the story around it but for now, it is gratitude for a way of life.