My interest in yoga started three years ago when my roommate took me to a "hot yoga" class. In the heat my muscles found themselves more flexible and something felt great about dripping sweat while barely moving. I though hot yoga would be my yoga. But then I found Kundalini.
Kundalini is more of a spiritual practice for me than anything else, and it's the only yoga I practice regularly. I could go on and on about how magical it feels and how I dream of getting "satnam" and "namaste" tattooed somewhere on me... but I'd rather talk about my favorite part of every single yoga class; Savasana.
Savasana is also known as corpse pose. It's when you lie on you back, palms facing up, eyes closed, and you soak in all of the benefits you've just created in the past hour and a half.
I'm not sure what happens when other people go into Savasana, but I always have quite the experience. I relax, I fall asleep, I've cried more than once.. and then there was that one time... when I switched bodies with Jillian Michaels.
I know, I know, it sounds ridiculous. I didn't hop off the floor and start yelling at people telling them to work out until they puked or fainted. I just laid there as Jillian. I laid on the floor in the most fit body I could imagine as a woman I have looked up to and adored for almost a decade. I felt her success. I felt her humanity. It wasn't anything crazy, just a few moments of a new experience.
Before coming out of Savasana, I came back to being Jamie. Finding myself in my body. When that happened I immediately reflected on what had just taken place. Without really thinking about it, I had the realization that what I experienced was a reminder that we are all connected. That the same kind of blood and breath that animates Jillian Michaels animates me. We're of the same species, the same sex, the same lifetime. And the accomplishments she's made are just proof to me that I am capable of greatness as well.
That experience will always be a sweet reminder that the people we look up to are not superhuman. Their accomplishments are not unattainable. And when we wonder things like, "Who am I to live the life of my dreams?", we can remind ourselves that we are made of the same stuff Jillian Michaels is. ;)