Hot Yoga

 

Hot YogaGet down on your knees. Take a thirsty drink of water. Wipe your face with a towel. Count the drops of sweat dripping off the tip of your nose. Listen to the instructions you’re ignoring for the pose you’re not doing. Count how many are left ‘till it’s over. Bad idea. Wipe away hair stuck on your sweaty forehead. Listen to the breathing of people near you. Ignore the grunting of the woman to your right. Relive each time you lost your balance. Stifle the gag reflex. Think about poses you hate that still await you. Glance at the clock. Consider leaving. Sit up. Look at the door. Plan your escape route. Evade the eye of your instructor. Take another drink of water. Glance enviously at the perfect Yogini to your left. Lay your head down on your matt. Calm your breathing. Will your heartbeat to slow. Imagine swimming in a snow fed river. Cut yourself some slack. Decide to stay. Talk to yourself lovingly like you would to a child. Take another drink. Stand up slowly. Let your arms fall limp to your side. Take one big deep cleansing breath. Exhale slowly. Prepare for the next pose. Be kind and gentle. Don’t push. Just breathe.

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