Almost a month ago a friend and I decided to try yoga. We are both active - she is a personal trainer and a Pilates instructor, I go to her classes and teach eight indoor cycling classes a week and we both cycle outdoors when we can. Neither of us had taken a yoga class before so we did what we always do - jumped in feet first and have been taking three classes a week in addition to our other activities. I think we have settled on instructors and class times that suit us and will probably continue along those lines for the foreseeable future.
I am surprised that I am making the commitment to continue because I can't honestly say I enjoy the classes. But I love the puzzle of figuring out what to do and how to do it and hours and days later my brain is still buzzing with ideas about a pose and how I might do it better. And I think I am seeing a difference in other areas of my life. I seem to be sleeping a little better and am getting even more done around the house and with my art. Perhaps the most noticeable effect is that I seem to be more resilient to stress and things going wrong. Case in point: I spent much of yesterday afternoon and part of this morning working on the centrepiece of the Ivory Tower piece. It involved making lots of components and assembling them carefully. I had all the pieces made and was mid-way through assembly when something out of the ordinary happened - the freezer paper templates wouldn't release from the fabric they were stuck to. I tried everything but the stickum was so effective that it tore the fabric. I had to start over and make a bunch of pieces again. Some of them took three steps to reproduce. At another time I would have walked away and found a way to distract myself. Instead I just got back to work without missing a beat.
I think it is the yoga . . . but the sun helps too.