Perfect Moment Monday: Love and warriors

December 12, 2010

in Family, Perfect Moment

As I opened my hips, I watched the woman next to me do so as well.

We both settled into our Warrior IIs. At the instructor’s urging, we moved our front knees toward our pinkie toes, stretched our arms from fingertip to fingertip and sank even further into our front legs. We aimed to square our hips to the side wall. We held the pose until our quads burned.

I admired the woman on the mat next to me. She was a generation ahead of me, in her 70s. She looked limber but relatively new to yoga. Still, she was focused on getting to her edge in the pose. She was breathing deeply and deliberately, like you’re supposed to do. She was fully present on her mat.

Just as she’s been present for me my whole life. She’s my mom. She’s doing yoga with me these days.

In that moment, I realized how lucky I am to have my mom, this amazing woman, in my life every day. My heart swelled in my Warrior II as I love and gratitude for being blessed with My Mom washed over me.

It nearly became one of those upwelling moments but I swallowed it down just as the instructor took us back to runner’s lunge. Crisis averted.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

RobinJP December 12, 2010 at 8:18 pm

What a beautiful note to your mom. You are both so lucky. … to have each other and to live so close that you are able to see each other as you go about your week.

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Quiet Dreams December 12, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Love this.

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Ratna December 12, 2010 at 8:57 pm

What an amazing moment and to have your mom so close and doing yoga together! You are blessed indeed and you reminded me to call mine today as well! Moms are the best!

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luna December 12, 2010 at 10:01 pm

perfectly lovely tribute to your mom, warriors both of you!

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a December 12, 2010 at 10:15 pm

That’s so wonderful!

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Heather December 13, 2010 at 7:54 am

That made the tears spring out of my eyeballs! xoxox

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Sheri December 13, 2010 at 8:38 am

I love, admire and am grateful for that beautiful, limber, 70-year old Warrior myself.

I feel lucky as well to have this amazing woman in my life.

What a beautiful post!

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Kir December 13, 2010 at 9:13 am

wow, I have been planning to do a PMM about my mom too…this one took my breath away. What a lucky girl you are to have an amazing woman like your mom and how lucky she is to have born & Raised a daughter who is equally phenomenal.

Lucky..indeed.

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andrea December 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm

love this.

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Erica December 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm

I have so many moments of emotional upheaval when it comes to my parents. I cherish them both.

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Baby Smiling In Back Seat December 13, 2010 at 11:52 pm

How marvelous!

She’s lucky to have you every day too.

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Bionic Baby Mama December 14, 2010 at 9:25 am

that does sound perfect. go mom!

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Suzy December 14, 2010 at 1:49 pm

That is definitely perfect! You get to spend some quality time with your mom doing something you love. That’s wonderful!

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Megan (Best of Fates) December 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Beautiful. That’s just the kind of moments I imagine happen at yoga – which is why, one day, I plan on overcoming my laziness and lack of stretchy-ness and trying it.

One day.

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jill December 24, 2010 at 12:14 am

Wow that is definitely a wonderful moment. What a great thing to be able to share :)

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