Daily lesson from January 22, 2013: (Teach the teacher)
“Oh my goodness! I used to sit like that as a kid!”
Typically, at the end of class, students quietly open their eyes, bow, and whisper namaste.
But this perky front row yogi was ready to fly out of lotus with joy upon witnessing the instructor (yours truly) perched comfortably in virasana (knees together, heels hugging booty).
I always sit this way, because I like it. And because lotus wreaks havoc on my cement-block glutes (years of running will do that to you). I also understand many yogis hate virasana, and have a much easier time in sukasana (‘easy’ cross-legged seat, but not easy at all for me), or even lotus. So at the end of svasana, I instruct students to find a comfortable seat of their choice at the front of the mat.
But even with that offering, I’m usually still sitting solo in virasana, admiring all the happy, opened hips in front of me. But my teacher today, in the front row, quickly snuggled into virasana after seeing this was just fine by me, and beamed big time. Being a kid again will do that to ya.
This got me thinking even further, how did I sit as a kid? In virasana, of course. And on the floor. That’s where all the toys were by golly!
So let’s all be kids again, and get down on the floor. Our hips will be a helluva lot happier.