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Lettin' it all Hang Down

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Recently, a blog came careening through my feed about a yogi who practices with her hair down.  At the risk of stealing her premise, let me add to that.

Usually, on Saturdays, you will see me at the front of the yoga space, practicing with my semi-damp hair falling all about my face like a sheep dog romping through the French Alps.  I like it.  I like how my curls feel bouncing around my face.   I like how my hair becomes a curtain to the people around me.  

You see, not only am I a yoga instructor; I am also an English professor.  My eyes are accustomed to constantly watching the movements and behaviors of some 20-odd people all at the same time.  Sometimes I need to not be aware of the world around me. Sometimes I need to be aware of the world within me.

It's not ego.  It's nothing.  It's me practicing.  There are times when I don't hear the instructor.  There are moments when I am listening to my own breath.  In.  Out.  Soft.  In. Out.  Loud.  In.  Out.  Deep.  Purposeful.  In.  Out.  

Often, I am keenly conscious of that one muscle, either screaming at me or sighing at me, and I am acutely aware of its attachment to 100 other muscles.

So, look.  My hair is not always freshly washed.  Sometimes I pile up my gloriously messy top knot.  Sometimes I don earrings or lipstick or my favorite necklace (an Om and Ammonite combo).  Sometimes I match my top to my bottom, attempting the latest cute factor raved about on Lululemon or Hard Tail IG accounts.  Occasionally, it's whatever is clean or clean enough.

But always, I am doing my own thing.  And so should you.  

Once in a while a yoga student will utter "I'm sorry" when they think they are doing the pose wrong.  Don't be sorry. There is no wrong.  There might be safer or more advanced, but there is no wrong.  

Let your hair down.  Get inside your own space.  Forget there are people around you floating around their mat space like acrobats in lycra.

You be you.  Let your hair down.  

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