A woman asked me move my mat in yoga class
I am so particular with, well just about everything.
But on the daily I am very particular about getting my spot in yoga class.
I get there early most days to run to the room and lay my yoga mat down to secure my spot. I go wash my face and then come back to settle into a pre-shavasana before class actually starts.
This other day a woman asked me to scoot my yoga mat over so she could do yoga next to her son.
What is he eight years old? The class isn’t even full.
I didn’t want to move, I was there early to get my perfect spot.
My response was no. Well, I said “No, I like to be by the door and no I can’t be in front of a mirror crack because it makes me dizzy.”
The whole time before class I was so stunned someone even talked to me in a quiet yoga room while I was peacefully doing my best OM and much more stunned she asked me to move.
After I respectfully said no, I laid there trying to tune into my meditations. I peaked out of my left eye to see where she had positioned herself.
She was right next to me.
With a big inner grunt I stopped and analyzed the situation real quick. I saw that I could scoot over a bit on the opposite side of her and not be in front of the crack in the mirror and still be close enough to the door.
So, I asked her if she would like me to scoot the opposite way so she and her son could be together on the other side of me. She said yes so enthusiastically.
I scooted over and noticed there was someone in front of me at an angle so I didn’t have a clear view of the mirror and wouldn’t be able to look at my yoga poses directly.
Whatever, it’s fine. She can have my perfect spot for today. It’s like I reserved it for her and her son.
At the end of class she reached over and touched me. Scared the pee outta me. But she touched me to very gratefully say thank you for scooting over.
Yes, I missed out on my perfect spot for that day. My spot that had no crack in the mirror, no one in front and was next to the door. But it was the right thing to do and ultimately the right thing is what always is best in the long run right?
I felt at peace the whole class because I gave this woman the happiness of being next to her son. Otherwise I may have felt a slight tinge of guilt throughout class and maybe even after class ended.
Her gratitude at the end made me feel much more at peace and proud of myself.
I can be so intense with somethings. That’s just my personality.
But I really hate living with any sort of guilt. I can’t do it. So I try to talk to myself a lot to figure out the right thing to do in all situations. Even when I am so stubborn and really don’t feel like it.
Even a situation as petty as this one. These small events in life that require such a minor choice that it feels like I can just blow over them and continue on my day, really add up and eventually weigh heavy.
Not sure if I will ever happily welcome someone asking me to move my mat during yoga. But it was definitely worth it to see this woman so happy she could do her yoga next to her son and that’s all that matters.
I’ll try to remember that next time.
Te amo, Besos