05 Jul WHEN “WRONG” BECOMES “RIGHT”
- One of the first things a Yoga teacher learns is the importance of arriving well before her lesson starts. She or he should be changed into Yoga clothes and if possible, have done a few positions to get into the spirit of the lesson which is to be taught.
Usually I am able to adhere to this rule but today, I was the last person to arrive. My students were waiting for me at the door.
Quite naturally, I apologized and told them that I was going to have to mend
my ways since this was obviously not the right way to start a lesson!
Before we began to do Yoga, however, I was amazed to hear one of my students tell me: “It was such a pleasant surprise for me to arrive before you did. Since I have a long way to drive to get to class, I am usually late. Of course, I don’t like this to happen and it makes me annoyed every time I interrupt a lesson. Today, I felt so good to be among the first to arrive at the door of the studio. It was such a
pleasure for me to be able to happily wait for you.”
Then someone else spoke up: “Elizabeth, it gave me such a feeling of relaxation to see that sometimes you arrive late and that all of us accepted this as something normal. It can happen to any of us. It shows me that we are avoiding rigidity. I think that this wonderful approach to Yoga is teaching us not only to avoid rigidity in our
bodies but also in our mental thought processing.”
Isn’t it interesting to see how something wrong can turn into something right? How often we tend to arrive at erroneous conclusions, failing to realize that there are many ways to consider what has happened to us.