I have been joking to my husband that if we had moved to New York during these winter conditions, I would have immediately demanded that we turn around for the land of sunshine. However, since we've had about a year to acclimate to life without a car, I've found myself continuing my life under polar vortex conditions with little disturbance. I discovered that I am actually capable of waking up at 5:15am to teach in 10 degree weather and even have fun during class! Don't get me wrong--I am definitely grumbling about the weather along with everyone else. But, I have surpassed the expectations of a miserable life that I had for myself a year ago.
Practicing yoga is not always fun, calm, and peaceful. On the contrary, we are often confronted with our expectations (about our body or even about the ability to remain calm) and our failure to meet them. However, we are able to practice how to accept these failures in a safe environment--lessons that that we can hopefully take with us into the "real world." We learn that we can make it through the 5 minute Warrior 2 pose, and that we can even feel alive and free in our bodies during the period of suffering. We also learn that if we can't make it through the 5 minute Warrior 2, that we will still feel stronger in our legs because of our efforts, and can try again on the other leg or in our next class.
And thus, the title of this post. Because right now, it really does feel like Spring might never come to NYC. But, I can remind myself that the situation is impermanent and I am having a grand ole' time in the city regardless.*