Back in 2000, Britney Spears gave me one of my favorite lines “Oops I did it again”. Somehow, this also makes me think of one of the lines by Mr. Mint and Mr. Kidd in James Bond, Diamonds are Forever.Mr. Wint: If at first you don’t succeed, Mr. Kidd…?
Mr. Kidd: Try, try again, Mr. Wint.
Before I connect the two statements, I find it important to mention something in passing. You may want to take off your diamond ring before practicing. When classes are packed, you can be very close to a fellow yogi. Hitting someone in the face as you get in your Virabhadrasana II does not feel good, but it happens at times. Inflicting additional pain (or worse, a cut) with your big rock is a CHOICE you made. I am not talking about the type of diamond your kids got you at the mall. You most likely have to squint to see that darn thing. Another piece of advice free of charge, if your significant other gave you that type of ring, you may want to look for another significant other, or an extra significant other (per French standards). Judgmental, stereotypical, moi? I am so such a bad yogi.
That said, let’s now connect the two statements. In yoga, you are always told that if you practice, things will come. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Unfortunately, with that also comes a risk. We know we all have muscle imbalances, some being weaker than others. You have your “easier side”, your stronger leg. We are told to work on both sides equally, but we always seem to favor one side. Then, one day, one muscle (or a set of muscles) tired of doing the extra work says no more and you get injured. After the pain often comes anger. You have been practicing faithfully, but it happened, that same spot, again. How could it?
Rather than anger, here is the perfect moment to work on your Metta, your loving-kindness. Be kind to yourself and make it a “Oops I did it again” moment? Who would have thought Brittney got it right. Now there is no shame in singing… or dancing.
Eric Semet, MA, RYT-200
Yoga I.S. ® Instructor “Miami-Style”