Could Yoga be Irish?

We have yoga every Tuesday.  Today I arrived early, an unusual event.   I brought green shamrock cookies, somehow that isn’t the right thing for Yoga, but people ate them and enjoyed them anyway.  To bring the spirit of the month to class, I wore my wildly striped neon two tone green  leggings  with my black and green Irish dance school shirt. People laughed a little when I walked across the room to get my mat and I was fine with that.  We all need a  little more laughter in our lives.

Down dog, orchestra, sun salute, warrior pose, etc, etc.  Yoga terms flying free and I do this all in my crazy March outfit imagining that I am some kind of Celtic heroine, except I don’t really know any of those.   I will never be Brian Boru,  for example

Then mindfulness, created by  focusing on breathing and on the soothing voice of our Yoga instructor, brings me back to the moment  The moment is bathed in sunshine and  blossoming trees.  The corner studio, in a community center no less, is on the top floor with floor to ceiling windows.  So the naturel green from outside is becoming one with the green of our spirits.

A friend gave me a pin that reads ,”I’m Irish and keeping calm is not an option.”  I strive for “calm,” a worthy goal to be sure.  But I know that my passions, anxieties, excitement, and sense of wonder drive me too hard to maintain that calm.  So Yoga is a good new addition to our lives this year.  My husband and I take the class together and yes, it does help with the whole calm thing.  I’m not there yet, but the road to calm is good for me, and I see it down below as I gaze out the window of the Yoga studio.  

The road rises up, through the very windows of our studio, to meet us.  And as it does, cars zip by below, oblivious to the little community above, reflecting on life, movement, and the moment.  We stretch and stretch, hoping to revitalize our bodies and our souls. 

11 thoughts on “Could Yoga be Irish?

  1. Just imagine if someone Irish had invented yoga and how different it would be?? That makes me chuckle with the moans, the drinking, the swearing, and the general chaos!

    Thank you for creating this wonderful mental image, both of your yoga session and the make-believe one in my head! 🙂


    1. Darin, I love the title of your blog. The title attracted my attention and I tried to visit it before, but when I get there it looks like a sample blog. I don’t quite understand. Am i missing your blogs?


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      2. Thanks, just tried that and it worked! Enjoyed reading about how you celebrate your marriage with bigger events every 5 years- a positive inspiration. Thanks for sharing, will read more later when I am home…..

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  2. You know calm is my life motto!!! I love how you showed up in festive garb and fed cookies to all before the session on mindfulness. Love this new addition to your life and the merge of cultures.


  3. “The road rises up, through the very windows of our studio, to meet us.” Lovely writing, Colleen! You bring to joy to everything you do, and I’m not surprised at all to read about the treats you brought to class. Lucky yogis.


  4. ”I’m Irish and keeping calm is not an option.” – Priceless!! Beautiful, reflective piece on what’s good for body, mind and soul – with a dollop of your usual flair and wit. 🙂

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