Monday, May 3, 2010

Day 16 - My Dad

Today was a momentous occasion. My dear father finally came to one of my yoga classes and liked it. My mom, who also teaches yoga, and I have been trying to get him to do yoga for years, and this evening he showed up at the studio smiling with his yoga in hand wearing the lululemon yoga shorts I got him for his birthday two or three years ago. I nearly fainted in delightful surprise.

My dad, bless him, is an interesting, youthful jock, who is perhaps going through a 'Renaissance.' Although he enjoys reading, my dad has spent almost entire his life playing and coaching sports (mostly soccer and hockey) and being active. However, in the last few years, his body has started to retaliate against all the years of high impact competitive sports. I suspect, now, at age 59, months away from retirement, he has decided to try yoga as a way to support his continued interest in cycling, skiing and whatever else he and my highly energetic mother plan on doing together post-career and children raising. (I know they plan to bike across Canada and through Europe in the next couple of years.)

He was great in yoga today. No sign of impatience, frustration or boredom crossed his face even once. I was very proud of him and he even agreed to stay after class to pose for pictures, which is really uncharacteristic of him.

I guess everyone goes through their own issues with their parents, and adolescence wasn't easy for me, but I'm grateful I've come out the other side. My folks are healthy, happy and supportive. Who could ask for more? Sure, I know they think some of my ideas and projects, like this 108x108, are ludicrous, but that's ok. I like to keep them on their toes.

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I completed my 108 practice after my last yoga class this evening, but over the weekend, I decided to structure my practices differently. Starting next week, I will be practicing at Om West, my studio in Pointe Claire, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm every Monday, and whoever wants to join me is welcome any time.

The Great Canadian Yoga Stretch Challenge organized by the Canadian Institute for the Blind started on Saturday, so I am now officially accepting donations on behalf of the CNIB. In fact, here's a link to my CNIB sponsorship page, in case you are willing and able to sponsor me:

I will also be touring other studios in an effort to foster more support for this cause. My next scheduled community practice is at the Crudessence Loft on May 14 and will include a delicious Crudessence dinner. (Details coming soon.)

In the meantime, if you'd like to get in touch with me or find out where I'll be practicing, call my studio 514.905.8020 or email Marianne, the manager:

Surya Namaskar Recipe: Day 16 - The Finger Salute

(instructions will be posted after a good night's sleep)

1 comment:

  1. So cute! I think it's great he has taken your class - he will now be hooked! ;-)