I’ve recently relocated back to Los Angeles for work. I arrived over the weekend and for some reason the jet lag really hit me, I was also extremely achy from the flight and stress of the move. I hadn’t been to a yoga class or even attempted yoga on my own in over a week. I knew I needed to get back into the swing of things so Monday morning set my alarm for 5:15am and made it to my first early morning class back at Yoga Blend.
My usual yoga mat is a bit on the thick side so I brought my thinner traveling mat. This mat I bought just before I attended my yoga teacher training in Costa Rica and used it the entire time I was there. The mat has seen a lot of action so it is fairly dirty and very thin. There were a couple of times in the past where I nearly donated it or threw it in a Goodwill pile. However, it always brought me good memories and a connection to a very happy time in my life. So it stuck around:) On this particular Monday I used it for my practice.
I unrolled the mat a bit embarrassed by its appearance, hoping in vain that the lights in class would soon go off. As I settled down into my mat and began my pre-class relaxation stretches the mat no longer offended me. In fact it felt very warm and inviting. Once we began practice, upon my first Chaturanga as I lowered down and deepened my breath I had this overwhelming sensation of being back in Costa Rica. The mat literally smells exactly like my memory of the trip. I was so overjoyed I wanted to sniff the mat some more! Each pose and each time I was close to the mat I inhaled deeply and the memories of my trip and the happiness of that moment came rushing back.
After class I decided to stop by this apartment I kept seeing online. It is a small apartment community in Burbank near the Equestrian center. I’m not a huge fan of amenity driven, homogenized complexes but after driving past twice I decided to pop in for a look. I was only going to look. However, when I saw it and I spoke with the leasing agent, I knew this is exactly where I needed to be. I will be moving into my new home on Wednesday and I’m getting more and more excited. In fact, they even have a small yoga studio on the premises. The manager mentioned they would love to have a resident teach a class once a week. It definitely has peaked my interest.
I truly do not think I would have had the clarity had I not dragged myself out of bed yesterday morning to attend my first class in LA. I also feel that the strong smell of the mat and the happiness it invoked really brought me to a level of understanding what I was searching for.