Day 46: Memory Harvest.

Author: Heather Molina /

Does this happen to anyone else?

When I do certain poses, certain memories come back. Not bad memories. Just random ones. For example...
  • Head to Knee with Stretching Pose: I flash back to being a Freshman in high school and waiting by my locker for my boyfriend.
  • Wind Removing Pose: I think about Sophomore year in high school, being in student government.
  • Locust Pose: Dancing to Indian drum and bass music in the core of on an old ship docked at Chelsea Piers in NYC.
  • Spine Twisting Pose: I'm at Cheer Camp (summertime during high school) and walking across the university campus we were at. It is sunny. And hot.
So random. Like I wrote... None of these are bad memories. Though, they're not memories that I can recall as being "the best of my life." They're not even what I would call "key moments" in my life. But yet in each designated pose, for as long as I can remember, these are the memories that pop into my head while executing. Why does my brain harvest them at those particular times, and then never pop them back into my head at any other time?

I only recently noticed this was even happening... As I have been doing this every day since the new year. Does anyone else have this happen?


Anonymous said...

I happens to me as well. Consistently random. And smells too.
Just one of the many mysteries in this practice

bikramyogachick said...

Yes, all of the time! Sometimes a collage of unrelated memories throughout the class. At times, it feels like a beautiful dream. Other times, it's bits and pieces mixed in with actual current thoughts. Hmm. Very interesting isn't it!

Yolk E said...

Interesting post. It reminds me of an assignment I did in a high school English class. He asked us to do a project on the days of the week. No guidelines, just days of the week. I was practicing Ashtanga at the time and I made a video of doing a pose, one for each day. I can't remember each pose I used per day, but I do remember Tuesday was warrior 2. No bones about it, it was WARRIOR 2 DAY, goddamit.

I gotta find that video!

The Missus said...

I would LOVE to see that video!

AmyJ said...

Oh my word! This happens to me too! My roommate from law school 13 years ago pops into my head when I am in Head to Knee on the right side. You think by now I would have called her . . . .

Mei said...

Last year, halfway during class, I'd smell the mall.

Nothing pops into my head now - except "Oh crap, am I flashing anyone behind me?"

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