Life sure has a way of humbling us.
You may have seen my last email where I invited you to join me for a 21-Day Yoga Challenge to kick off the new year. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised by the response! I so enjoy teaching yoga, especially when I have eager participants joining me. The year 2021 was off to a great start!
Unfortunately, Life had other plans, and the first three classes did not go smoothly.
I’ve live-streamed yoga classes dozens of times (you may have participated in some of them with me during the early days of the pandemic?), and I pretty much had everything dialed in. I went through numerous cameras and microphones. I even had an audio-engineer-friend come over to consult with me on how to get the best sound out of my space. I tinkered and played around with lighting, experimenting and experimenting again until I had everything just right.
For the most part, those live-streams went well, except for the occasional cat walking through the shot or sitting in front of my mat to clean himself. ;-)
However, this time around, things did not go so smoothly. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get the sound figured out. After chasing my own tail for days and finding myself so confused and frustrated I was near tears, I discovered it wasn’t even anything I was doing wrong. Apparently, it has something to do with the latest iPhone update (surprisingly, after all my experimenting with cameras, my iPhone turned out to be the best choice for what I was trying to accomplish).
While this was a relief to figure out, it got my 21-Day Yoga Challenge off to a rough start, and for that, I was incredibly disappointed. Of course, I didn’t want to come off as unprofessional, but mostly I didn’t want to weaken any student’s resolve to be consistent.
Then I remembered something I tell my students all the time. Yoga is not just something we practice on the mat. It’s how we handle life off of the mat as well.
I have since realized that this embarrassing life lesson wasn’t just for me. It was for every student who signed up for my classes, too. Each and every one of them got to decide what they were going to make that rough start mean. Did they use it as an opportunity to give up on their intention? Or did they persevere?
Of course, there’s no right or wrong answer here. It’s simply an opportunity to notice and gain awareness.
Perhaps for you, too, 2021 has already come bearing unexpected gifts—learning opportunities perhaps disguised as failures at first glance? If so, I’d love to hear about it. In what ways has Life surprised you already this year? And, do any of these four life lessons mentioned above apply?
Wishing you Peace, Love, and Harmony,
P.S. By the way, the new year was the inspiration, but it’s not too late to join me in this 21-Day Yoga Challenge. You can pick up wherever you’d like, and will have ongoing access to all 21 practices.