In the Zone

awkward_pose_3-001I went into the studio Sunday noon and laid my mat in a favorite place beneath the skylight tight to the front mirror. I like the way the rays highlight my poses. All the better still if the sun steaming in makes me hotter. Though the room was plenty hot and humid. Well past 100 degrees, topping 40% moisture. I was cloaked in sweat before completing my pranyama warm-up.

Next thing I recall with certainty was laying savasana in a shallow pool of my own warm water. An hour passed.  My body moved through the 26 Bikram poses and CorePower flows. I breathed regular and hard. At times my mind spun fast. A knotty schedule problem bore down on me during eagle, pressing my thighs and elbows tighter than usual, etching the conflicts of the upcoming week into my brain like a 6H pencil. Other times my mind went blank.  How else to explain the hour that evaporated with my sweat?

It wasn’t a stellar class in terms of form – I recall falling out of some balances.  But it was intense in focus.  The light, the mirror inches from my hands, every other body receding from my perspective. I can’t remember it all, which means it was great yoga.

About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog,, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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