Driven by kernels of cautious optimism, I make my way to yin practice with Vanessa. Coincidentally, I am reminded of university as I settle in on the mat and Vanessa tell us that today’s practice will be enhanced by mantras which she will share with us as we get into each pose. I’m ready to learn, and take mental notes.
My truth is that my knee hurts, and this is simply a fact, not something I am required to have an opinion abut, judge, or be angry at. It just is. My only reaction is to accommodate, or acknowledge and allow it to be, and to move through the remainder of my practice in a way that serves me, and my knee. It doesn’t have to be one or the other.
As I muse about my trip to Italy in September, I think “Oh I must take my mat with me” and just like that, all my former labels melt away…. In the same way I’m no longer “not a morning person”, I am also no longer “someone who would never work out on holiday”. Happily, I shed the labels.