In the kitchen, a watched pot never boils.
In yoga, a watched clock never ticks.
Ask anyone who practices regularly. It’s not another cliché. Yoga is a modern manifestation of the theory of relativity.
Whatever you are waiting for, it won’t happen while you are concentrating on it. Because you’re not being present. You’re not staying in the room. You’re just waiting for class to be over so you can home and eat your body weight in chicken wings.
Yoga is about being here now. And if you keep staring at the clock on the wall between every posture, it will feel like the longest class of your life.
But if you return to the breath, if you focus on what your body is trying to say to you, time will fly by like a wonderful dream.
What’s your biggest distraction during class?
Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and work study volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.