Thursday, March 26, 2015

This Is What a Warrior Looks Like

There was only one other young woman in the room and I was at least 20 years older than her.  Everyone else had decades on me.

So I thought oh this 9:00 a.m. yoga class is going to be a snap.

Especially after the teacher said in her best kindergarten voice, "Class is starting.  Class is starting," and everyone kept on gossiping and catching up on all the health problems they all were having.

Things started slow and easy enough.  And I was feeling all smug until suddenly like an army rising out of invisibility, thirty-odd women became a fierceness that only comes with the decades they earned. 

The Warrior Pose

These were warriors who fought battles never seen in Hollywood blockbusters or comic books.

At the end of class, the teacher, in her best kindergarten voice, asked, "Is there any pose you'd like to do?"

"Side plank," someone called out.

Are you fucking kidding me I quietly thought to myself? Side plank was what I watched skinny healthy 18-year-old girls straight out of athletic wear catalogs do on yoga DVDs.

A woman near me said, "oh I can't do that."

"Me neither" I told her.

"Knee operation," she said. 

"Me too!" (yeah so what if it was a year ago.)

The teacher, in her best kindergarten voice, began instructing.

And once again, an army, including that woman who had just had a knee operation, emerged from my disbelief.