Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Well, I think I've finally decompressed enough from the spring semester to reenter polite society. Funny how you can teach yoga for years, practice for decades and still be laid low by the double-whammy of mental stress and over-scheduling. Am I just not listening to myself, or is this kind of thing inevitable when expectations are high and you want to do well?

As April, with its requisite tests and final projects and papers, rolled around, most perspective was lost. Sleep was interrupted by whirring thoughts, exercise fell to the wayside, and I started eating more carbs. Everything that I know I'm not supposed to do, but there it was. I could see the effects in my mood and ability to think clearly (and skin--acne, ack!). It wasn't until two of the three classes were complete that the knots started to loosen.

Lesson for next semester? Maybe the secret is in the scheduling I do control...perhaps it's time to do the rooster thing and rise every morning at 5 to do my work, when I'm still fresh and ready to crow. Only one cup of coffee a day. At least one Down Dog a day. Bedtime at 9:30.

Don't get me wrong, it's been exhilarating as well as exhausting. Learning all new things is really energizing and I suppose that's where the drive to do well comes from--I'd like verification that I am learning and comprehending, even when that verification is as superficial as a grade. But it's fun to think and it's fun to think about something different and that--more any caffeinated beverage--has kept me going through the blur of not-enough sleep and advanced math.

So now, it is time to embrace the summer, when my primary responsibility is applying sunscreen and keeping fresh iced tea in the fridge. (*sound effect of clinking ice cubes and sloshing liquid pouring into a tall glass*)



Miss S said...

Hey congrats and oh my gosh thank you for this post. I just have to make it till the end of June and I can start breathing and streching and get my fat ass off the computer table! Hari Om :)

YogaforCynics said...

Welcome back to polite society, Brenda!

(Wait a second, he thinks, do I live in polite society? Would I even be welcome in polite society? Much to ponder...).

Y is for Yogini said...

:) i love your inclusion of the Nestea commercial. perfect touch + ending!

Charmaine said...

Wow, I read this post and I think: "This is me right now!"

Looking ahead at my summer schedule and scared because 3 of my 4 yoga teachers are all leaving at the end of this month. So do I pick up the extra holes or just let it go for the summer? Ugh.

Your Nestea commercial find is hilarious!

Sara said...

This post hits home. Two years in a row now I have caught a cold the day after the winter/spring session ends.

I knew I was over doing it last year but this year I really thought I was being careful. This year's cold was not nearly as bad as last year's cold though so maybe I was being careful - just not careful enough.

Oh well. Just because we are yoginis doesn't mean we are perfect.

Teeg said...

MMmm sounds good to me!!!

Mark said...

humme, Everybody wait for good things and I just wanted to say that your post is not normal thats why peoples demanding again and again..good