“Half Pigeon” calls the teacher towards the end of class.
Cue the fidgeting, the to-do list and the ‘oh no’s’.
Lets just say half pigeon isn’t my favorite place to be. Recently it has gotten better for me, but still, not a pose I love.
This morning I went to a yoga class and the class went great. (I even did pigeon on both sides, yay!) After class was a different story. The main way to get to class had had heavy traffic for hours and everyone on the radio was giving out a different way to get out of town. So naturally, that’s the way I took. No one wants to sit in traffic. Much to my dislike, the detour was just as bad, if not worse.
As I sat there in traffic, I was ok, singing along to the radio, thinking about what I would do when I got home, etc. I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t angry, I was just there. Traffic doesn’t last forever, and there was nothing I could do about it.
Half an hour later, things started to speed up! It was the light at the end of the tunnel for me. I was excited and couldn’t wait to get home and eat some lunch before my afternoon activities.
And 5 minutes later, we’re back to 30mph on the highway. No more light at the end, we were back in the middle of the dark tunnel.
This time, I was angry and frustrated. Since the traffic had gotten back to speed, I figured I would be home in 10 minutes at the most. Once we slowed down, I lost hope that I would make it before the afternoon hit.
After getting home and thinking about this situation, it reminded me of many poses in yoga, for me it’s pigeon. We do one side, staying clam, relaxing into it and not fidgeting. Then we get to the other side and it feels like we are there forever, even though we are there the same amount of time, if not less.
When the light at the end of the tunnel, disappears, we start fidgeting, thinking about the to-do list, giving the evil eye to the teacher, whatever we can to just not think about how we’re back in a place we don’t like.
We forget that it doesn’t last forever. It’s really only around 10-15 seconds.
Do you have a pose or situation that you find yourself fidgeting every time you get there? What do you do when you realize?