Have you ever gone to yoga with underwear stuck to your mat?
Well, I have. Several times actually. The undies were actually stuck to my yoga towel, not my mat. And yes, they were clean.
I practice hot power vinyasa yoga which equates to a lot of sweat, so a yoga towel is mandatory. Towel covers mat during class, towel gets sweaty, towel goes into the laundry… towel comes out of the dryer a more powerful panty magnet than George Clooney.
The first time the “underwear incident” occurred, I was completely clueless. Forever running late, I dug my yoga towel out of the clean laundry pile, gave myself a pat on the back for actually WASHING it, and raced to class. At the studio, I rolled out my mat, flicked my towel on top of it, and laid down… with my yet-to-be-discovered undies perched just to the left of my head. It wasn’t until I stretched back into my first downward dog that I spotted my underwear, in all their lacy purple glory, stuck to my towel. I thudded into child’s pose, swiftly snatched them up and tucked them under my mat. Awkward.
You’d think I would learn a lesson from “the day I brought my underwear to yoga class”. Nope. It happened again. In my defense, I DID make an effort to leave my undies at home this time. Running late (again), I grabbed my towel out of the laundry and gave it an aggressive shake. One pair of panties flew off. Ha! I saved myself from another embarrassment! As I hurried to the door with my towel in hand, something fell at my feet. Another pair, adorned with bows no less! Phew, that was close. I gave my towel another little shake. Nothing. Off I went.
At the studio, I squeezed my mat in to a spot next to a friend. As we chatted, I spread my towel out onto my mat and plopped down. Her eyes fell away from my face and on to the ground. “Um, you have a thong on your mat.”
I recounted the backstory and we laughed together. Then she shared her own story involving an underwear-loving sweatshirt and a restaurant. I instantly felt less alone in my public underwear exposure.
Guess what? Shit happens, and it happens to everyone. Sometimes you slip in a puddle of soda in the middle of a cafeteria when wearing white pants (true story), sometimes you are chosen to play Mary in the Christmas play and forget ALL of your lines (also a true story), sometimes you fling your underwear around in public places.
The moral of the story: we are all human, we are all imperfect. Embrace the imperfections in yourself and in others. Let vulnerability and compassion be fluidly exchanged between you and your friends (I was vulnerable- not too difficult with my underwear making an appearance- and my friend showed compassion by sharing her vulnerable moment).
Another vulnerable moment: the time I tried to be a good future-daughter-in-law by contributing a festive pomegranate salad to Christmas dinner. In a hurry (probably late…), I decided it was a good idea to separate the pomegranate seeds while wearing my Christmas best in my mother-in-law’s kitchen right before we needed to walk out the door. I’m sure you can imagine how this ends: bright red pomegranate juice stains on everything from my sweater to the kitchen counter. Luckily the damage was not permanent. In the case of the “pomegranate incident”, I learned my lesson.
How To Peel a Pomegranate
Quarter the pomegranate by carefully scoring the peel with a knife all the way around in both directions, being careful not to cut all the way through into the seeds. Twist it apart to break it into quarters.
Fill a bowl with water. Submerge the pomegranate quarters into the water and separate the seeds from the white pulp and skin. The pulp will float, the seeds will sink.
Skim the floating white pulp off the top of the water. Drain seeds in a colander.
Now what do you do with those sweet little seeds? You make Pomegranate Salsa, of course.
- Seeds of two pomegranates
- 1 avocado, cut into chunks
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup vegan cheese crumbles like Kite Hill Soft Fresh Original (optional)
- Juice of 1 lime
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and gently fold
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Serve with tortilla chips or pita chips