Do you need this, or have to have this?

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Do you need this, or have to have this?

In my early years of practicing hot yoga, I developed a habit of bringing two frozen water bottles to my class.

It was a bit excessive, but there were few things in the world that felt more refreshing. It was almost indulgent. Especially when the room was overly hot, humid and crowded. The moment that icy water first touches your lips, you’re whisked away to heaven like a sweaty, shirtless model in a soft drink commercial. Ahhhh.

The only problem is, on days when you’re running late and you forget to grab your frozen bottles, you show up to the yoga studio like a deprived toddler. Pouting because he doesn’t have his precious little ice pacifiers to get him through class.

Meanwhile, there are eight hundred million people around the world who live without clean drinking water.

Lesson learned, frozen water is an attachment. A crutch. Another item on your list of things that you simply must have to do your practice.

One of my instructors challenges us on things like this by asking, do you need this or have to have this?

Usually the latter.

Remember, every time we let go of our attachments, we move into another level.

What’s on your list of things you have to have to make it a good class?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, regular practitioner and community leader at Bikram Yoga Park Slope. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, A Year in Hot Yoga: Daily Meditations for On and Off the Mat

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