BETTY AND THE CAB: YOGA IN THE REAL WORLD
(This week's newsletter was composed by our dynamic on-demand teacher and full time writer Elinor Cohen. Check out her Instagram HERE and her amazingly empowering advanced & intermediate sessions on our on-demand archives.)
Yoga shows up in everyday life, whether we ask for it or not. I’m going to tell you a short anecdote about an interaction I had with a sweet woman named Betty. This happened on December 27th, two days after Christmas. Cheer was still in the air, as was the misty fog left behind by the rainy weather NYC experienced. The streets were slippery and puddles were plentiful. As I rushed from one meeting to another, I noticed an older woman with a cane struggling to get off the sidewalk. I’d normally breeze past someone like this (after all, who has the time?!) but that day I decided to turn around and ask her if she could use a hand. She looked up at me with big, grateful eyes and said she was just trying to cross the street to get a cab. I offered her my hand and said, “So let’s do that.”
As we slowly made our way across the street, I learned that her name was Betty. She kindly asked about my Christmas and then proceeded to tell me that hers was just as pleasant; she spent it with her grandkids and the whole family put on their annual 12 Days of Christmas play.
Upon arriving at the other side of the street, I quickly hailed a cab and held Betty’s cane and bag as she hoisted herself up inside the vehicle. She was incredibly thankful, as was I.
I walked away from that interaction with a sense of pride, but not necessarily because I had done a good deed. Sure, that was part of it, but more importantly I felt like I understood something.
“Ohh,” I mused. “That’s why.”
That’s why I do yoga. That’s why I keep myself strong. That’s why it’s important to work on strength and mobility, both in body but also in mind. It’s not so I don’t end up like Betty because the truth is that anyone can end up needing a cane, aged, injured, or not.
I do all these things, the chaturangas and the warrior poses, so I’m physically strong enough to offer an older woman a helping hand. Moreso, it’s so that she can trust that she’ll be safe as I guide her across the street. That’s what the yoga is about.
I encourage you to ask yourself how yoga shows up for you in the real world in your own life. If it isn’t apparent right now, that’s perfectly fine. Just stay open to the opportunities that present themselves, because they will, and when they do you’ll be better for recognizing them.
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