We are in a season of giving. Giving thanks, giving presents. Maybe for some of you it's also a season of grieving, after the surprising election returns. Nevertheless, in Yoga we try to stay in the moment and not let the fear of the future yank us out of the golden present. Being grateful for what we do have--right here, right now--is the anti-dote to worrying about what might happen with a Trump presidency. So start your gratitude list. See how many things you and list each day, between now and Thanksgiving. See if it doesn't lighten your mood.
I spent many years in Overeaters Anonymous during my sojourn in Los Angeles. The demand to be thin, thinner, thinnest in and around Hollywood is so pervasive, I often felt I was the only fat person in the Pacific Palisades where my husband and I settled down with our brand new baby after leaving New York. Looking back, I wasn't all that fat, and I certainly wasn't the only one overweight. But there were OA meetings every day, morning and night, in coffee shops, churches, private homes. I loved going to those meetings. There was a lot of recovery in those rooms, and I admired the (mostly) women who had long term "abstinence" (from sugar and alcohol and white flour). They were thin. They were inspired. Some of them were also a little neurotic. Whenever I had a slip (which was often) I was often encouraged to make a gratitude list.
However much I yearned to be a slender Yogi, I was unable to give up a cold beer on a summer day, or a cool chardonnay with dinner on the deck with my friends. I continue to eat healthy, mostly vegetarian food, and I avoid GMOs, and anything with corn syrup in it(check your labels--corn syrup is in a lot of foods, and it's really bad for you). I do my Yoga practices daily, and I am healthy! I am grateful for all that I learned from the 12 step programs I attended, but when I moved to Michigan in the early 2000's I gave up on my quest to be thin. I'm grateful for that. What are you grateful for?
I've been teaching Yoga for almost 40 years, and I've learned a thing or two, primarily, how to address the issue of moving safely in an older, bigger, or injured body. Big Yoga covers it all!