Writing 101 Assignment. Go to a local café, park, or public place and report on what you see. Get detailed: leave no nuance behind. Don’t use any adverbs.
She blasts past me on the sidewalk leading to the yoga studio – in her perfectly purple Lululemon ensemble, opens the door and rushes in – the glass panel slamming in my face. Anger and irritation threaten to bubble in my veins as I reach for the handle, but I take a deep breath and remind myself why I’m here.
Whoosh. A blanket of suffocating heat washes over me, stealing my calming breath. ‘Ugh…it’s sooooo hot in here.’ The tired, whiney little girl in me has been looking forward to a cool, easy, yin class. I quickly check the schedule and realize I’ve just entered a 90 minute hot power-yoga session. ‘I’ll die in here. I should probably just leave.’
“So good to see you today,” the instructor chirps, flashing a bright smile my way. I call her toothy smile and raise her a double-eyebrow lift.
‘Dangit! I can’t leave now, I’ve been spotted. This is the class Liz said kicked her butt last week – in a good way…I guess it won’t kill me to give it a try,’ I reason as I eyeball the room for an inconspicuous spot in the back row. I tip-toe past a rainbow of rubber islands and lay down my brownish mat, the sand to all these jewel-toned oases. ‘Maybe I’ll shop for a colorful one this weekend…’
Sweat beads on my forehead and upper lip as I gather the usual accoutrements from the back of the room; a blanket, two blocks, a strap and a bolster roll. After I’ve wrestled them back to my spot, get situated and lie down, I’m ready for a nap – irritation creeping back up my spine. I take a deep breath and focus on the stationary ceiling fan overhead casting leaf-shaped shadows onto the sea-green walls.
“We’ll get started in child’s pose,” smiley’s velvety voice encourages the spandexed crowd.
For the next hour and a half, I flow, I chataranga, I warrior, I invert and I breathe – sweat dripping from every pore of my body. As I push myself back to seated position after shavasana, I marvel at the change in me. Gone is the anger and irritation, the road rage, the fatigue from sitting at a desk all day. I am centered, spent and exhilarated. I feel as if I’ve just run a marathon AND had a full body massage.
As our glistening bodies spill from the sauna-like tomb, I see perfect purple Lululemon lady again and am able to smile and tell her to have a nice evening – and I really mean it.