My Fifteen Minutes
The week that the article about my yoga makeover came out, I first found out from my friends who have subscriptions to Yoga Journal. I got a few phone calls and some e-mails, including one from an old friend who I hadn't seen in a few years. It was a little shocking, to say the least. Having an article about you in a national publication is a pretty exposing thing. And, having that article focus on a private struggle is even more daunting.
While I wouldn't call myself a particularly private person, this was a lot even for me. In the spirit of the project, I turned to yoga to try to deal with my disquiet about the article. It turned out to be an effective tool. I spent a couple days focusing on restorative poses. I did a lot of forward bends and other seated poses, and spent a long time in Savasana. I was really trying to use the practice to obtain a sense of peace and balance with myself, which worked really well. Ironically, much of my disquiet was anticipatory. It was actually a few weeks after the article came out that I actually was able to get a copy for myself. By then, the yoga had calmed me down and I was able to really enjoy the article.