I was pulling on my shoes and coat and was about to leave the studio, when a fellow female yogi came sit next to me and started to chat. (I know it is called yogini, but somehow I think this sounds childish.)
She said: 'Hi, I didn't know you were here.'
I thought: Oh? So you've noticed me before.
She asked: 'How long have you've been practicing?'
Me: 'For a month now, I think.'
'Yeah okay, you are new, but I can tell you know the practice. You're not new-new. How long have you've been practicing?'
'Since 2015. And you?'
'Ten years already!'
This did not surprise me, since she is one of the more advanced students. I see her every time I come to the studio and she is always already practicing when I enter at 6:00 AM.
'Wow, a decade! I think a lot has changed for you?'
'Yes, definitely. I started at a gym, where I took power yoga lessons. Now I am practicing second series Ashtanga.'
'And has a lot changed in your personal life?'
Here I was, at 7.30 in the morning, asking someone I did not know within a minute how her personal life had changed.
'Sure, very much. I am much calmer now and more satisfied than ever before.'
'Do you live around?' she asked.
'Yes, I live almost around the corner. It takes me five minutes on my bike to get here.'
She told me she lives in a town nearby but has to drive half an hour to get to the studio.
'Do you have children?' she asked.
'No,' I said. 'So there is nothing in my way to come here as often as possible.'
'Where do you work?' She wanted to know.
I told her the name of my office and asked what she did.
'I am a teacher. I train nurses. It is in another city, I have to drive forty minutes.'
I promised myself I would never make excuses anymore. I live nearby the yoga studio as well as nearby my office. I never have to drive forty minutes.
'Can I ask you something?' I asked.
'Sure, what is it?'
'I am noticing that my life is changing, that I want to practice in the morning and therefor have to be in bed early. Some of my friend don't seem to understand why I am doing this. They want to keep doing the things we used to do: drink, gossip, staying up late.'
'I know.' She said. 'That's the way it is. It's okay. Just keep true to yourself. Keep listening to you, do want you want to do, it is your life. But you don't have to be perfect, I know I am not, because I still gossip and chit chat. But do only as you prefer.'
We said goodbye and I felt light and happy.
I took this picture in Ibiza