(This makes me laugh EVERY time.)
As much as I hate this distinction between "good classes" and "bad classes" (because EVERY class is a good class except for the one that you don't go to), there is no denying that there are some days when you feel like a freaking rockstar and other days when you feel like puking into your towel or just taking a hot nap.
So with that as a disclaimer, here are some correlations that I have noticed between things that happen inside the yoga room and outside the yoga room. (Some of these are less profound than others.)
I might have a not-so-good class after:
I wake up at 8am, practice at noon, and having nothing to eat in that time frame except grapefruit juice and cheddar cheese flavored Chex Mix. (That one is painfully fresh in my memory.)
I have had a really unproductive day or week of research.
I stay up really late for no apparent reason.
I don't see the sun for a long time.
I spend all day in lab and get nothing done.
The weather gets warm and I'm not ready for it.
I have a great class the day before and become overconfident.
I have a terrible class the day before and totally lose confidence.
I might have a ROCK STAR class after:
I go to Staples, buy a new file folder, and organize my life! (I did this yesterday and had a KILLER class last night.)
I have lots of good meetings at work that make me feel productive and optimistic about my research.
I spend all day in lab and get SOMETHING done.
I talk to someone else about yoga and get them excited about it. (Always makes me more excited, too.)
I stay up really late seeing a new band or looking at the stars and having fun with friends.
The weather gets warm and I drink tons of nice juices and water so I am TOTALLY ready for it.
I have a lousy class the day before and decide to overcome it.
I have a rock star class the day before and decide that today will be even better!
The main thing that I notice as I try to write this list is that it's not so much the events in my day that determine my state of mind. It's my response to those events that always makes the difference! Or to quote Gandalf from Lord of the Rings (omg GEEK!!!): "[The time you live in] is not for you to decide. All that you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you." Very nice, I love Tolkein. Now I'd better go and make the most of the end of my week so I can have a great yoga class tonight! Maybe I can get ahead of the curve before next week... that'd be great....
What about you guys? Any surprising life-to-yoga correlations that you've noticed? (The yoga-to-life correlations will have to be the subject of a WHOLE other post. Or book.)