I really surprised my self yesterday. In the middle of teaching a yoga class, I started imitating a dance move by Ricky Martin, super cute pop singer, when he sang “Sexy and I Know It" on the TV show, Glee. You may be wondering what Ricky Martin, “Sexy and I Know It”, or even Glee has to do with yoga? The answer is nothing. So why bring it up? Well, it started with me suggesting to my students that they could “wiggle, wiggle, wiggle” (a verse in the song) their shoulder blades down their back when in Warrior 2. But more importantly, it popped in my head, it made me laugh and I wanted to share it with my students. This has been a new way of being for me. I’m starting to take myself a lot lighter. It’s almost like I’ve given myself permission to not be so serious and allow myself to laugh more. The ego can be a pretty serious, undermining and critical voice. It’s the voice that may say things like “Don’t trust yourself”, “You’re not good enough” and “You messed up again! You can’t do anything right”. But over time, I’m hearing this voice and realizing that it’s just not me and it’s not worth listening to. When I do catch myself listening to it, I just smile and laugh to myself. My ego is loosening its grip over me and it feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I am starting to fly.
Laughter is a beautiful thing. It sounds beautiful. It feels light in the body. It can be contagious. It makes me feel better. But most importantly, when I laugh at myself, it’s an easy way to put my True Self in the driver’s seat and kick the ego into the trunk. Here’s to LMFAO!