Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Summer Sweat Teaches me why the song says, "Don't Fear the Reaper"

So it's been two classes back on the mat in Indy. And the teperature has been getting higher....and with it my mat is gettin' slippery-er!!! And I love it.

There is something about the heat and humidity that opens me up like a waterfall in the summer. And during the other months I take much longer to start a sweat in class. I think this is due to my aerobic work. I don't know if this is usual, but it seems that the more I have been able to raise my aerobic capacity, the longer it takes me to break a good sweat. But in summertime yoga, I sweat more than I think I ever have in my life.

And the feeling at the end of a class where I have literally left a puddle on the mat, and the floor around it, is amazing. Completely spent and a feeling of euphoria. Oddly enough, I feel like it might be what someone feels (or what I HOPE they feel) when they leave this life and move on. A feeling of leaving "it all on the mat" and just letting go. I have heard the "corpse pose" at the end of class is a good comparison for letting attachments go, including the fear of having to let life go. But if leaving this life will be anything like the end of Chris' Saturday class, then I don't have to fear death at'll be wonderful.

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