Part of the fun of being a wandering yogini is the opportunity to work in a variety of interesting settings. From a beautiful garden solarium to a historic church narthex to downtown office buildings to homes that range from cutting edge modern to cozily traditional, my work takes me to a wide and inspiring array of settings from day to day.
Last week, when I arrived at the empty office suite in which I had been working with a client for more than a year, I was startled to find an unfamiliar face sitting at a desk where her yoga mat previously had been rolled out. I paused, stepped back, and found my client, who ushered me to a new room. She explained recent office shuffling had reallocated our former space, and this would be our new yoga home. As the session began, it was clear she was frustrated by the disruption to routine and still struggling to find her bearings.
Objectively speaking, the new space is superior. The room is larger, brighter, and less cluttered. The layout provides greater opportunity to take advantage of wall space and various furniture can easily be re-purposed as props. We flexed our creativity muscles by exploring the new possibilities (handstand!!), and by the time she came out of savasana, she acknowledged the benefits of the new room.
As is so often the case, our yoga practice serves as a mirror of how we respond to challenges in all areas of our life. This particular session provided an opportunity to explore aparigraha (non-attachment) by letting go of our attachment to the familiar and recognizing new opportunities for discovery.
Next time you find yourself resisting a new environment or other change, take a deep breath and assess the situation without judgment. You just might discover some unexpected benefits...