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Friday, September 22, 2006

it's about time

i've had my heart set on a manduka black mat for the longest time. after all, it's the mat that many "serious" yogis use, and for good reason. it's extremely sturdy and it offers excellent padding for knees, elbows, and other body parts that need extra cushioning. the only downside is that besides it being quite heavy, it's also quite expensive. one has to be really dedicated to one's practice to want to lug around 7 pounds and pay over $80 for the privilege of doing so.

as it is, i already own a perfectly serviceable yoga mat. it's the lighter version of the black mat, the manduka purplelite travel mat. it's been over a year since i first started using it, but except for a few wear marks where my hands and feet grip during my downward dogs, there's no real reason why i need to replace it. but you know how sometimes you just have to have something?

so i made a deal with myself. i would allow myself the luxury of a black mat only if any of the following happened: i successfully negotiated and held a difficult arm balance (like crow or peacock), did an inversion (headstand or handstand) on my own away from the wall, or i landed myself a well-paying job.

well, i've started pricing that black mat because it's time for me to celebrate... i'm finally starting a new full-time job this monday! (i had somehow wished that i'd be able to do an arm balance before that happened, but then again, i can now afford to pay for workshops that'll teach me how to do it) . of course that means that i can no longer take the less-crowded 10:30am and 4:00pm yoga classes. but it also means that i no longer have to limit myself to studios where i can trade work for classes. better yet, it also means that i can finally indulge in fine food, fine art, and fine music once again.

i'm not sure, though, how the 9-to-5 grind is going to affect my daily yoga schedule. i may have to resort to practicing on my own a few days a week (and finally get an ipod, too?). we'll see.

in the meantime, i'm trying to squeeze in as many daytime classes as i can before i start work next week. it's madness, i know, but i'm really going to miss all the teachers i'll no longer be able to learn from and all the weeknight events that i may no longer be able to attend. sigh.

maybe finally buying and breaking in that black yoga mat will help remind me that this is a good thing...

2 Comments:

Anonymous Asana Bear said...

Congratulations on the job!

7:44 PM  
Blogger joni said...

thanks! i can't wait to see how it turns out :)

11:58 PM  

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