Yoga is a pork fat bath
by Rasmee Rashika
After reading Kirk Hensler’s poster “Live! Love! Be Happy!” I felt liberated knowing that I wasn’t the only one that had made an absolute sham of myself in the name of yoga. There were other people who had been through the same experience, exactly, and weren’t afraid to put it out there.
Long story short, I decided to stop trying to feign any normalcy in my life. And that’s why I took a shower while doing the dishes.
You see, I don’t have a kitchen because I live in a rented efficiency with my two cats. (Again, read Kirk Hensler’s “Live! Love! Be Happy!”) The shower doubles as a sink. Usually, the shower/sink combo would be a meat-free affair. I stick to a mostly vegan/vegetarian diet. But one of my only remaining friends is a born and bred Miami Southerner. So I should have guessed that the three-bean soup he had so thoughtfully saved and packaged for me in Tupperware contained pork fat. I don’t think they consider the bacon grease and pork fat added to everything in the south to be “real meat.”
So I gratefully reheated the comforting soup at my house and poured it into a mug for dinner. But when I washed the dishes in my shower/sink this evening, it turned out to be one of those nights where the drain wasn’t working properly, and so I stood naked, scrubbing myself and some pots clean, in a soup full of pork-fat-seasoned dish water.
Because of my time spent in India, I was unperturbed by the disgustingness of the situation. Because of the yoga, I could agilely move around the tub, shaving my legs and washing my hair without slipping on the bacon grease.
It’s not so bad after all. Right?
About Rasmee Rashika
These days Rasmee takes life at an extremely leisurely pace. After living in India for seven and a half months where she attended an ashram that successfully wiped her slate clean and convinced her to live completely in the moment, she’s not exactly sure how she got here or where she’s going. So she spends her time talking to her cats and attending an occasional yoga class between getting fired from menial jobs.