10 days into 2012, and already, New Year's Eve feels like a long time ago. These first 10 days of the year are probably rather indicative of what the rest of year will shape to be: a year full of surprises, changes, personal challenges that will require me to find my inner balance. In the past 18 months or so, I've always thought back to my life in Cameroon for perspective and some zen when things get a little out of control in the "real life". As that experience fades a little more into memory each day, I am in need of some other forms of perspective.
A good friend dragged me to yoga this past week as I was struggling to find inner peace. I've practiced yoga on and off for many years now, but have resorted to audio and video recordings ever since I moved to Cameroon. I haven't attended a studio class in well over three years. Yoga in a place like New York city is more of a fad than actual practice. The studios often charge an arm and a leg for classes that I often cannot afford.
As such, when I learned about Yoga to the People, I was pleasantly surprised. It's a donation-based studio scatter across NYC. Unfortunately a location doesn't exist in the Upper West Side. I love this studio because every time you go, the energy and dynamic is entirely different, depending on the personalities that are in your class. It may sound strange, and although no one speaks except for the teacher, the energy in the room is different each time. The classes that I've attended are Power Vinyasa, so a pretty good work out on top of some much needed zen.
I know they tell you to leave you thoughts at the door as you begin your practice, but today, I had so much on my mind that my thoughts followed me into the studio. Strangely, while I was contorted on my mat, and then flowed into my downward-facing-dog, a sense of clarity glossed over my confused thoughts. Who knew?
Life is about to pick up speed again here in a few days. I am hoping this will be a good excuse to get me out of my Columbia bubble and allow me to find peace among chaos of life.