Yesterday, I visited a friend to do some catching up, and we drank tea.
She said: 'I do yoga for some time now. I practice every Wednesday evening, in a small group of only women. It is fun. The teacher herself did yoga in Thailand. I really like this yoga. Afterwards I sleep like a baby. But not in a million years would I get out of bed at 5.30 AM.'
Me: 'Yes, but getting up so early to do your yoga practice is part of the process.'
My friend changed the subject because she realized she had some news on a mutual friend which she had to share, and I was smiling on the inside. Did I really just say this? That it is part of the process? I guess the yoga is kicking in.
I have another friend who does yoga once a week. She practices because she tends to be stiff in her neck and shoulders. I have to prevent myself from yelling THAT IS NOT YOGA! ASANA ALONE IS NOT YOGA!
But yelling at someone is mos def not yoga so I keep quiet.
And what do I know? I know nothing. This morning, the teacher helped me doing the left side of Marichyasana D. Yes, yes, yes, I can do the right side myself now (I take a bow). The teacher sat next to me and was pulling my arm when I looked him in the eye and told him that my right side is so much more stiff than my left side.
'Why is that?' I asked.
'Left is feminine, right is masculine.'
Why didn't I know this? I remembered this woman who gave me a pedicure once, she had told me that my left foot was about my past and my right foot was about my future. Somehow I'd thought this was the case with my whole body: my left side is open and flexible and so is my past, my right side is stiff and so will be my future.
The teacher continued to explain about my left (feminine) side and my right (masculine) side.
'Feminine means intuition, creativity, love, flow, nursing, caring. Masculine stands for having goals, making decisions.'
I immediately started thinking a lot.
'Don't think too much about it,' he said and pulled my arm so I could grab the fingers of my other hand.
Is a house masculine? Is a tree feminine?