12 Jul When you take a drink of water, make it uneventful
In hot yoga, the first twenty minutes is warm up.
Only after we’ve done deep breathing, half moon, awkward and eagle poses, are we finally permitted our first drink of water.
This delicious moment is appropriately called party time. Because once the sweet nectar hits your lips, all is right with the world. That is one tasty beverage.
But as our teachers always joke, it’s the shortest party known to man. It only lasts a few seconds before it’s time to get back to work.
And that’s the way it should be. Because as refreshing as it feels running through our profusely sweating bodies, it’s not the most important part of class. It’s just an accessory.
There’s a woman who practices in our studio that we lovingly refer to as the bartender. She comes equipped to each class with three huge bottles of water. One frozen, one sparkling and one coconut. Each of which are lined up at the top of her yoga mat like candles on an altar; each of which she guzzles dramatically like bikini clad model in an energy drink commercial winking at the camera.
Seems a bit excessive to me. Nobody needs that much hydration.
Point being, when you take a drink of water, make it uneventful.
Everyone deserves a break, but this isn’t an audition.
When will you shed another layer of wordily distractions?
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.