A highlight of my holiday weekend plan was joining a dear friend for the first class she would be teaching at her brand new yoga studio. I looked forward to taking advantage of the last gasp of summer to celebrate my friend's milestone achievement, enjoy time in a supportive community, and start the day with an invigorating yoga class.
I arrived to find my friend standing outside her new space beaming with pride and a sunny smile. We headed up the stairs to get settled only to find the door locked - with her keys inside. And her phone. And her shoes. And contact information for everyone who may have been able to help. I immediately flashed back to my lockout this spring, but my friend took a deep breath and took action. She reached out to her go-to sources for speedy assistance but found them unavailable because of the holiday weekend. She then called a locksmith, who advised her he could not open the door without causing damage. While she debated her imperfect options, other students arrived with mats in tow - including one yogi who traveled in from more than an hour away.
Despite the setback, no one left or seemed the least bit agitated. We waited in the stairwell - by turns chatting, meditating, and sitting peacefully in stillness. I reconnected with someone I had not seen in some time and met another lovely soul. By the time the locksmith arrived, the window for class had passed, and we went our separate ways. Later in the afternoon it occurred to me that despite the morning unfolding very differently from what I envisioned, I had experienced everything I hoped for: I was able to celebrate with my friend and enjoy time spent in community, and while I didn't practice asana, I did experience the yoga of living the present moment without attachment to outcome.
When the events of your day don't follow your plan, can you reframe your experience? Can you use a disruption to your routine as an opportunity to live your yoga?