“Fiber is my new best friend,” I announced to my boyfriend the other day, having recently discovered the healing benefits of chia seeds. He just laughed. I said something similar this morning to the new yoga teacher at my gym. I also mentioned my blog for some reason, and she suggested I write a post about chia. The thought had crossed my mind…
I had just attended a two hour class at the yoga studio near my home the day before, and had thought about skipping this morning’s class but I wanted to meet the new teacher. I was the first to show up and she’d come over to ask if I had any injuries she should know about.
I mentioned my elbow. I told her that two years or so ago, it had begun bothering me. I had modified my workout since then but the pain had migrated up to my forearm. She nodded and replied that she’d watch for it during our class. Which she did!
She began our class by talking about miracles! She spoke of the miraculous way that four years ago the love of her life–the perfect dog–had come into her life. She’d been standing in front of her yoga studio one night–a time she was never otherwise there–when this little fellow (part chow, part lab) came up and sat at her feet. His owner was right behind. He was looking for someone who lived on a farm–which she did at the time–to take in this pup. A new family was born!
The new teacher encouraged us to be open to the small but still amazing miracles in our life, and wove that theme into our time together as she uplifted the level of the class from the body to the heart. Throughout the hour, she walked around from person to person, and placed a hand gently but firmly on a hip to turn it out a bit, or place a blanket under a neck that needed more support. I loved her style and breathed a sigh of relief that I had shown up, and met this new and wonderful lady. But more was yet to come.
After the class, she told me that she thought the pain in my forearm might be related to tension that I am holding in my shoulder. She worked on my shoulder for a moment, and sure enough, when she drew my awareness to the area, I realized how tightly I hold myself there. She showed me some stretches I could do using the wall to work out the knot in the shoulder blade, and suggested I also use a tennis ball as well as ask my boyfriend to massage the area. (I like that idea!)
I told her that I’d been asking for help for this problem, and that I felt like she was the answer to my prayers! I also gave her my card so that she could read my blog and found out that she’d been thinking about starting a Dharma Blog! That sounds great! We seem to be on similar spiritual paths and I believe she may have been placed in my life for more than just answers to my physical pain. Perhaps having met her, fiber will be bumped out of place as my new best friend…