"The trouble with the Rat Race is even if you win, you're still a rat."– Lily Tomlin
I remember the first time I heard this. I was working in Boston as a research scientist at a very prestigious hospital. I had a high - powered job that I liked, but I wasn't happy. In many ways, I felt like I was on a treadmill - working very hard, but not really getting anywhere meaningful. When I heard this quote, it was as if a little doorway suddenly opened into new possibilities in my life. Could there be another way to live? Maybe I had some choices. Maybe I could choose not to be in the Rat Race at all.
Many people come to Yoga looking for ways to slow down the pace of their lives, and Yoga does help with this. Yoga teaches us to live in the present moment, appreciating the small things in life. Often at the end of class, people will say that they feel "more relaxed", or that they "so needed this". All this is great, but there is so much more.
For those who come regularly to Yoga classes and begin to develop a home practice, Yoga offers a different possibility, helping you to shift your priorities, so that speeding up no longer becomes so important. When you connect with your true Self (which is one of the goals of Yoga), you may even realize that you really are not a rat!