January: Not Ordinary Time in Yoga Studios
Last night before class, I asked the teacher, Amanda M., if now that the holidays had passed we had entered yoga “ordinary” time like in the Christian church calendar, those regular days when we go about the business of ordinary living.
“No!” Amanda responded emphatically. “It’s January. There’s nothing ordinary about January in yoga studios.”
“Really?” I asked. “Why not?”
“Because it’s when everyone returns to the studio.”
A major ah-ha went off in my head. It was true. I had been in some sparsely populated Monday night classes in December (I was keeping my eyes on my own mat so I wasn’t noticing overtly.) Yet Monday, January 7, the first Monday of the New Year, was full of people.
My youngest son’s girlfriend gave me a Yoga Journal calendar for Christmas that has daily practice tips, from how to get into Parsva Bakasana (side crow pose) to how to meditate. Most people probably view yoga as primarily a form of exercise like CrossFit, which is completely fine. I guess like other exercise routines, you start out great at the beginning of the year with the best of intentions and then life happens.
Now that I think about it, I’m fairly certain there will be some attrition from January class attendance as the weeks roll on, but I hope not.