I've practiced yoga for many years, and I love it! Yoga makes me strong and flexible and balanced. It gives me a sense of confidence about what my body can DO, which has been especially important to me as I heal from the physical effects of chemo. Yoga also brings me a certain sense of peace and wellness, which is particularly helpful as I deal with the emotional effects of cancer. I felt so betrayed by my body when I was diagnosed with lymphoma, and yoga is helping me get over that; to begin to trust my body again. I do yoga twice a week -- and I get pretty grumpy if my schedule aligns in such a way that I have to miss.
But is there a . . . yoga look?
A couple of days ago I was grocery shopping -- just weekly shopping; up and down the aisles of the store with my list in hand. After my groceries were loaded up in my car, and I was just about to back out of my parking space, I noticed the woman in the car next to me frantically gesturing to get my attention. When I unrolled my window, she said, "You look like you do yoga!" And then she handed me a flier about an upcoming yoga workshop, and shared many of the details with me -- through our open car windows.
You look like you do yoga! Huh? My mind immediately tried to figure out how she could have guessed. I wasn't dressed in yoga attire, and I wasn't wearing my namaste t-shirt, so I went through a mental inventory. . . Had I absentmindedly been doing the tree pose at the check-out counter? (I've been known to do this from time to time ---- just with my legs, mind you, not the arms!) Had I reached for the Frosted Flakes in triangle pose? Executed a twist as I grabbed the shredded cheese? I was pretty sure I hadn't. . .
In retrospect, I think she was just seeking out potential workshop participants, and introducing herself with a "you look like you do yoga" comment was probably a pretty effective method of opening up the conversation. After all, I took the flier, I listened to her while she told me about the workshop. I even considered signing up (because it looks like a great workshop).
But I'm going to be really careful next time I'm at the grocery store. I wouldn't want to be caught in tree pose while I'm using the debit card machine. . .