Average Jane

Tears on My Yoga Mat

Pushing up from child’s pose into down dog, my gaze followed the flow. Looking down now between my aching, sweaty arms I saw the tear drops I had just shed on my yoga mat below. It was as though I had been wrung out, a wet, dirty cloth being twisted and tugged, relieved of the burden of water that had been weighing me down.

“Yoga is a microcosm of your world. But it’s safe to fail here.”

I couldn’t hear the instructor.

I feel demoted at work. I feel like I’m losing my place. I feel like I’ve lost touch.

I couldn’t tell him I was confused.

I don’t feel heard at home. I don’t feel listened to at work. I don’t feel understood.

My legs were weak. Sore. They couldn’t hold me up.

My self esteem is a memory most days. I feel so weak. I have lost my social sea legs.

It was hot. The air was thick. I wanted out.

It is not home, this new city, this new place. It is uncomfortable. Desperately so. I want out.

I began to cry…

I cry and cry…

I have no one to support me. I have no one to help restore me.

I drop to my knees, to the mat. I fall back into child’s pose. I begin to restore myself.

A microcosm of life to be sure.

The instructor came over. Asked if I was OK. I said I was frustrated. I said, “I can’t do it,” and began to fold my mat.

“Sit here for a moment and just take a break. Breathe. If you want to go I understand.”

“I don’t want to go.” And I didn’t. I stroked my arm like a mother would comfort a child, mouthing the words, “You’re safe, Jane. You’re safe. You’re not in danger. You’re just fine.”

I cried my last tear, pushed up out of child’s pose and into down dog refreshed, renewed and restored.


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  1. * evahowe says:

    I love you m’dear 🙂 I often find myself in tears on my mat when life is throwing me curve balls, but it feels so nice to cry them and then let them go.

    | Reply Posted 8 years ago
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