What to do when an earthquake hits during Hanumanasana

The easiest thing is just to pretend the rolling waves in the earth are the rolling waves of the water between India and Lanka.

I was just settling into my (not terribly wonderful) Hanumanasana when the biggest earthquake to hit Los Angeles in years struck this morning, about 6:25 a.m. Here’s some details from the LA Times:

There have been six smaller aftershocks so far and more are expected.

Robert Graves, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, told reporters that Monday’s earthquake was the most significant shake in this Southern California area since the magnitude 5.5 earthquake in Chino Hills in 2008.

Graves said there have been a couple of aftershocks already since the magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck six miles from Westwood at 6:25 a.m. Monday. Graves said there is always the small possibility that the 4.4 earthquake was only a prelude to an equal or stronger shake.

“Always the possibility that it’s a foreshock,” Graves said, adding that about 5% of earthquakes are followed by an equal or larger shake and that if it does happen, it would occur within the next several hours.

From my perspective, the quake felt like a bit of a roll (those waves), then a couple second jolt (Surasa?) and then some more rolling.

So, as I said, one rides it out. But if one’s home, and the quake is clearly bigger than normal, one also has to pause and check to make sure all is well in the home. (Someone want to chime in what to do if one’s in a crowded shala room?) But then get back to business.

It does make focusing one’s attention a little more difficult than normal.

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One thought on “What to do when an earthquake hits during Hanumanasana”

  1. Reblogged this on Wholehearted Yoga and commented:
    I hope you like this short little post from one of our fellow yogis on the other coast. How would we respond to life’s little quakes and aftershocks?

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