Thanks to my dear friends Laurie Goldy and Cara Soufer, who- independent of one another-and within the same week, touted the benefits of Hot Yoga to me as the “hottest thing in L.A.” (pun obviously intended), and that I really should try it.
“Where else can you get a great work out, stretch, sauna, and meditation all within an hour?”
Now, I’m not one for shoulding all over myself…but I had to admit (multi-tasker that I am), they piqued my interest.
So, I tried it, and in spite of nearly blinding myself with buckets of sweat washing into my eyes, I actually love it.
Correction: I love how I feel AFTER.
During the workout, not so much.
While in the hot yoga class I’m actually mostly in a state of shock that I’m actually attempting these poses, in a room so hot I just want to collapse into child’s pose until someone throws me over their shoulder and carries me out-but instead I attempt these pretzel-like maneuvers while chastising myself for my Lucille Ball-esque attempt at a “tree pose”…shaking, quaking, and ultimately falling down like a drunken sailor. I think my ego actually takes more of a beating than my body.
In spite of my ego bruising, by attempting these poses (and every once in a while, getting them right) I’m feeling toned in places I didn’t know I could feel toned, detoxed in places I didn’t know needed detoxing, and more balanced in places I didn’t realize I was out of balance.
Which, brings me to today and the celebration of Fall Equinox!
In the days of old,
Fall Equinox was also known as the Autumn Equinox and the Autumnal Equinox. The word equinox was formed by two Latin words: “Equi” is the Latin prefix for “equal” and “nox” is the Latin word for “night.” The equal refers to the fact that the amount of daylight and darkness on this day are almost equal.
So, in the spirit of equinox, I’d like to invite you to join me in contemplating the quality of balance.
I don’t believe balance is a static state (just like my tree pose). It’s a constant state of course correcting.
Our nocturnal dreams are constantly showing us where we are out of balance (often represented by anxiety dreams or nightmares), when we work out our imbalances and get closer to center, we are rewarded with a flying dream, a swimming with dolphins dream, or a love-making dream with a sexy someone…you get the idea.
In any case, let’s embrace our toppling tree imperfection as we attempt to find that sweet spot of balance, harmony, peacefulness, and presence on this yoga studio of our lives on this celebratory day of equinox.
To celebrate, I pulled some Dream Oracle Cards for you…enjoy: