3:00 pm

Commitment

Commitment. Discipline. Hard words. Yet this is what yoga teaches us. Most of us won’t walk into a yoga studio and rock out a handstand. We have to commit to our practice. We have to have the discipline to come regularly, to show up on the mat even when we don’t want to. To be in the present moment in the class and give it our all.

This commitment is reinforced by the Brown Dog Yoga and Tailwind Indoor Cycling cancellation policy. I totally get it; really, I do. Commitment is SCARY. If you know me personally, then you know how much of a flake I truly am! You've had a long and stressful day, you're feeling a little sluggish and you don't particularly feel like holding warrior II or pulsing in a plié or 32 counts. So you hit cancel, if you happen to remember to cancel at all, and go about your newly revised day without a second thought. But don’t forget the student sitting on a waitlist ready to make the commitment to be in that class or an instructor who has put in time and effort to plan a class around a certain number of students.

As instructors, we are constantly plagued with waiting to start class because we aren't sure if you'll show up or if you made other plans. And then sometimes, we assume you aren't coming, lock up and start class, only to hear knocking on the door moments later. Now don't get me wrong, this isn't a serious chronic problem. However, our family is growing. Huntington sees value in what Brown Dog and Tailwind have brought to our community and mores people are ready to commit to being part of it -- which is pretty amazing! So, this forces us as humans and a family to put forth a little more effort to communicate, plan, and be held accountable. Most of the time, cancelling four hours before class isn't a problem. But let's be honest, life happens! Lucky for our students, we as instructors understand that things come up and are more than willing to work with you but communication is key.

Personally, I think asking for this level of commitment is not only good, but completely reasonable. Hopefully, students will find value in committing to coming to class and being held accountable to show up! Because I can tell you first hand, waking up at 5am, heading to the studio to find everyone has cancelled, is not only disappointing to the instructor, but I would imagine is a bit more disappointing to your true self. Don't be afraid to commit, but even more importantly, don't be afraid to hold yourself accountable, follow through with your intentions, so when it's all said and done, you kept true to yourself.

Love and puppy kisses,
Miranda

3:00 pm

Make Good Choices

Today I was challenged to make good choices. Well, not me specifically, but me as part of the church congregation listening to the sermon. The challenge was to make good choices on how we respond to individuals -- how we treat others. Definitely an important issue, but for me, this went to a deeper level. Am I making good choices for my own growth?

The concept seems so easy. Make good choices. I do that! I choose to wear my seat belt; I choose to eat vegetables (although maybe not as often as I should); I choose not to do drugs. But these are easy choices for me -- so maybe I shouldn't be basking in the glory of making good choices.

When I dig deeper, I must admit I don't always make good choices -- because the good choice is often the hard choice. Sometimes the choices seem to be inconsequential, for example, not taking Rich's hot vinyasa class because it will challenge my practice. I mean really, will my life be forever changed if I never hold Vasisthasana (side plank) while Rich tells some insanely long story? But some of the good choices are much bigger, for example staying in a relationship with someone that doesn't help me grow just because it's comfortable or a habit.

You see many of the good choices are hard because they make us address a fear. Maybe it's a fear of failing (the reason why I don't go to Rich's class.) Maybe it's the fear of being alone (the reason why I stay in a relationship that doesn't make me a better person.) But nobody ever said the good choices were going to be easy.

Often we tell loved ones to "be safe" when they leave. Today, a wise woman said she often tells her children to "make good choices." There is a big difference between those two phrases. One asks you to make choices based on your fear. The other ask you to be bold and truthful with your life choices.

So today, I made a hard choice, a good choice. It was scary to take the first step -- and it hurt a little to do it -- but it was a good choice. Maybe this week, I will choose to go to Rich's class because I do not want to look back at a life full of "fearful" choices. (Or maybe not, because hot yoga -- ick!) Either way, I am choosing to live a bold and truthful life. Maybe by making good choices about how I treat myself, I can begin to make good choices about how I treat others. And while this world has many problems which I can't begin to change, my ability to show a little grace and love toward a stranger in this time of self-obsession and instant gratification could be the best choice I will ever make.

Wishing you a week full of good choices!
Cathy