I always get to yoga 10 minutes earlier than necessary. This gives me time to drink a glass of water and get changed but above all it allows me to “save” the place at the front of the class, right up next to the teacher’s mat, while the classroom is still empty. I set myself up with my blankets and mats and get into vajrasana to wait for the class to begin, but looking a lot less elegant than this lady does, obviously:
I always work at the front of the studio. This is because I can’t hear very well, and because I want a good view when the teacher is demonstrating, but most of all because this way I can zone out from the rest of the room. It’s just me, the teacher, some candles and a mandala, with a few arms waving out the corner of my eye. Other people are a huge distraction, because I watch them, I worry about them watching me, and I can’t concentrate on what I’m doing.
Today we were already 15 minutes into the 90 minute class when two girls slipped into the room. As the studio is generally quite full, they had to come right to the front, on either side of me. They quickly introduced themselves to the teacher, who was welcoming but obviously struggled to hide her annoyance when one of the girls admitted she had never done any yoga — this is a specific course and we’re already half-way through the 5 weeks it lasts.
The girl who had never practiced was clearly in my line of view, and I was absolutely dismayed to see she was doing beautifully. She was obviously very flexible and strong, and she did so well — far better than most of us, although she was out of sight of the teacher who barely noticed her. I tried to overcome my jealousy and insecurities and smiled when our eyes met but she didn’t react. It’s silly how the combination of all of this has stuck in my head. But I am happy to say that most of the time, I forgot she was there — out of sight, out of mind — and I still enjoyed my practice this morning. I just wish I wasn’t so easily distracted.
Oh and I’m delighted to say my Dover colouring books have turned up already! Only a couple of days since I ordered them…