YogiOnTheMove

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Yogi on a Jack Hammer…

on November 2, 2014

010The extension has been christened – by a friend – as the “YoGarage” [not to be read as Yoga Rage]…

My beloved husband (M) is currently extending our garage. Having lived through the building experience on several earlier occasions, initially, I was not relishing the thought of this building project.

HOWEVER, M dangled a large, juicy, carrot in front of my nose, by suggesting the inclusion of a yoga space in the building project. Almost instantly, my enthusiasm toward the project soared from a 1/10 to a 9/10.

The extension has been christened – by a friend – as the “YoGarage” [not to be read as Yoga Rage].

One of the many pre-pouring of concrete preparations included the removal of an existing concrete footing. This was to be achieved by using a jack hammer. As M has a bulging disc in his back I insisted that I should be the one to use the jack hammer. I am not a jack hammer expert in any way, shape, or form. However, I possess an “I will give many things a try” attitude, so why not add jack hammering to my list of skills?

I explained to M that he would need to be patient as the job would have to be done “my way”, eg working for 5 minutes at a time, then taking a break to stretch in whatever way my body indicated it required.

M gave me a demonstration of the operation of the jack hammer. I put on my Wellingtons, safety goggles, and ear protection. I assumed a wide legged squat stance, positioned the jack hammer, pulled the trigger, and I was away. It was quite satisfying to see the chards of concrete begin to fall away from the main block.

I stopped regularly over the next hour or so and performed a variety of asana – moving with the Wellingtons on was… interesting. I used the flat surfaces, and corners, of the new brick walls as props to balance and stretch, then returned to the task at hand.

Not only was I helping M, it was also satisfying to take action at (literally) ground level to setting the foundation for the Yogarage.

The next day after the jack hammering, and the day after that, I cautiously got up each morning… I was relieved and happy to find that I had no aches or pains associated with the jack hammering.

I give thanks to my past and present teachers of yoga, philosophy, and beyond, for providing me tools to work in a measured way, preserve the gross and subtle, and complete the task without physical or mental, or spiritual discomfort.

Namaste

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