Previously On Martinez Yoga…
“What’s so funny? What’s making you smile?” I don’t know, but I found myself smiling a lot this past weekend in my classes. The yogic process is work, but this should be good work, and a bit of fun. Doesn’t have to be so serious all the time.
As I taught my classes, I honestly felt joy and laughter. Not bust your gut laughter, but a smile that was hard to deny and hard to get rid of. I don’t know why, but it was funny. I even found myself smiling when I had my own practice at home. There was a moment in parsvottanasa, intense side stretch, where I just started smiling for no reason, and the more that I thought about it the more I kept smiling.
This smiling trend started at the zendo, meditation hall, where I practice zazen, seated Zen meditation. I am a member and a student of The First Zen Institute of America. And take it from me, zazen isn’t easy breezy. There are moments that is easy breezy, but then there are moments where you gotta go deep and work on all levels. It’s not the kind of work where you got to drag yourself to the office, do your time sheet, and hate being there. It’s the kind that keeps going you back to do the work that will make you a better person, and help you to wake up and realize who you are. I’m not saying this past week at the zendo was special or extraordinary or I found myself, but I did have moments of seeing myself clear, and it made it kinda laugh inside. It was funny, but it wasn’t. It was awesome. It lead to a lovely zazen. Trust it was work. A lot of work, but it was lovely.
If everyone in the Big Apple could feel the joy and laughter I felt as I taught, as I had my own practice, and as I sat zazen, even for a split second, who knows what kind of positive change we could nurture. Ooh, honey boo boo! That’s too much! When that happens I’ll charter a plane, and we all fly to Paris! Smiling and laughing all the way to gay Paree!