As I stretch hands to sun, I hear
the nagging buzz of "need to do." I round
my spine, to touch my feet. Folded
in two. An article due, a blog post,
potty training. I breathe, extend
one leg behind. Then another.
Oh, to walk away from the buzz,
like that woman in Portlandia,
at once relieved and ghostly.
I hold my body firm and straight,
plank position. Feel the strength
in my muscles; can hold myself like this
for minutes, hours. My cat brushes
my nose, tickles a smile. The weight
of burden begins to feel spread out,
bearable. Pop up my backside,
rise into an inverted V. Now, it all
rolls off, spilling to carpet. I move forward
one foot, then another. Let
my head hang, shoulders slack.
Present in my body. A present for
my body. Together, spine and muscle
unroll to lift head and hands once more
towards the sun. Buzz becomes
muted, background to the hum
of blood, heart and nerve. I press
my palms together, bring them to
my breastbone. Prayer position.
Many thanks to kianna_leigh and spydielives for the beta read!
ETA: KFP's Home Game entry is up, "Luke and the Scary Dogs." He wants me to turn it into a book for him!
Also, if you would like to see pictures and read a description of the positions in the Sun Salutation sequence, you can find it at this About.com article.