I have been practicing yoga for a lot of years. It helped me when my children were young and as I went through a divorce but I had no idea how stuck in a rut I have been in until I got a puppy a few weeks ago.
This is my new addition Padme Rose, she is only 9 weeks (10 in a few days) and so full of life. I was reminded how dull my life was, with adult children and my girl Dingo who is nine years old my home was almost a tomb when I did yoga. The morning after I brought her home I got my mat and started as usual but as I centered my self I could feel nipping at my toes that progressed to jumping up and grabbing my ponytail. I continued to just breath with her growling and tugging on my shirt. I was brought out of my breathing and centering with a bite to my toe that reminded me her teeth are tiny needles.
I gave her some toys but that only lasted a moment then my older dog decided to join in the fun. They started playing so I started to do some poses. As I went from downward dog to plank a perfectly timed jump brought my puppy landing on my back. I couldn’t help but plop onto my stomach with a laugh that continued for a while.
Yes this is my new normal. My quite yoga days are gone but I have found I am growing in my practice and with that I am growing off the mat as well.
I cant help but see how my wild yoga practice is parallel to life.
We can go through life at a quite pace nothing really happening until one day a problem or crises will arise. We can either go with it, feel the pain or problem then move through it or get upset that are normal quite life is anything but what it use to be and stay in that hurt.
One thing is consent and that is change nothing will ever stay the same . We wont always have an easy smooth quite life but then again our problems wont last, we will move on even as painful as it seems from death or trauma. The sun will still rise and set then one day we will start to notice this rising and maybe the colors and a little of the beauty that still can be found if only noticed for a moment.
Just as I know my puppy will grow and I will have my quite yoga back. I know that right now my life is a bit crazy but in time that to will calm down. I have so many favorite passages that always encourage me but here are two that might help you.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.