Over the past couple of weeks I have been held hostage by contractors hired by Ray to upgrade things that he could probably do if he gave up sleep and kept the neighbors up. So during the very important yoga challenge I have had to forgo morning mysore and attend either an afternoon led class or one of the two evening mysore sessions in order to not miss any days during the challenge. Did I tell you that I messed up teacher’s beautiful hand made chart by not following directions and initialing the boxes the wrong way? Anyway, today I was able to make it to 10:30 led, where teacher made our small group focus on breath length and regulation almost exclusively. This meant no time for binding the way you like, and realizing that your inhale during vinyasa is nowhere near enough to get things done. I’ll tell you this, the amount of sweat you produce when you breathe like this during practice is almost disturbing. I don’t know how teacher practiced (probably for the 2nd time) right along with us to keep the tempo and demonstrate while counting aloud. She was just as soaked as her students. A lot to implement tomorrow during mysore.
-An exercise/trick to strengthen the part of the neck that is close to the jaw and the part before the first bump in the spine. Some days it feels that it is going to collapse like an accordion or snap like a twig. Sometimes I visualizing it being a piece of thick stiff rebar, but that did not work today.
- A prompt/method to make sure I press my heels and the balls of my feet during any knee bending from standing. I think not pressing down is how I keep my left knee in discomfort.
- A comfortable way to grip my mat with my hands, without pinching my nerves or whatever it is I do. What is the story with the thumbs? Does anybody’s thumbs press straight down? Is that a reasonable request?
After all this you won’t believe I had a very nice practice but I did. I am just a compulsive wish list/short cut maker.
The background singers are the perfect chorus to my weekend. Three family parties back to back. One of them being my daughter’s “un-wedding” bash for family, tomorrow which has generated lots of blowback because of it’s laid back theme (Pizza) fancy pizza okay? Wait until they see that instead of cake I ordered doughnuts from Dough in Brooklyn. See ya on the other side!
In yoga news, last thursday O gave me an exasperated “Come on, Maria!!” on my seated vinyasa, which thrilled me because it must mean I’m closer??
Those who do not move, do not notice their chains-
Can someone please answer this seemingly "simple" question: What the heck is progress?
Let's narrow our focus on yoga for our conversation this morning ... Progress on your trusty yoga mat looks and feels rather different from a straight gravel road shooting up over the horizon. After a few sips of juniper berry infused mead, I like to think of…
True, a cold crisp bandol does not give you the night sweats like those reds do. Still it was a little too much to ask if after consuming two bottles even if it was before 6PM, you think you can pull a primary. Or a half primary. I folded after the Janus and had to fake the Uttita Parsvakonasanas because the twist almost made me lose my coffee. Oh well, peor es nada=better than nothing. If you are near Norwalk CT in the spring stop by Fat Cat Pie Co. during ramp season and order their floor of the woods pizza: fresh ramps, foraged mushrooms, bechamel on the crispest crust ever. They even gave me a couple to chop on a little something this week. I love those people.
Want a workout? Here: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/the-scientific-7-minute-workout/
Yoga is not your workout. Yoga is your practice. Do you need to practice yoga and do a workout? Sure why not, if you want. I have no idea.
My very first Garbha headbutt today against the lovely Corinne. Sounds like soccer right? We got a giggles attack that only stopped because we were already past exhausted. Teacher said that there was no reason not to have your arms through your legs in Garbha if you had done it previously. So in they went and with that my ability to maneuver as well. I have to say that I have matured when it comes to sharing space. Earlier in my “career” I would have freaked out if someone put their mat as close to mine as C did today. But that is the beauty of being part of a consistent yoga community, even without thinking, we synchronized our arms to rise consecutively by turns during the Surys and it all worked out until I lost control of my vehicle in Garbha Pindasana. It was all noise no pain fortunately. Yoga weather has arrived, because it was a steam bath led primary with really out of the ordinary forward bends. You know what I mean. Happy Friday all, I’m having a glass of red tonight: Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, I hear it is unbelievable. And tomorrow too. Celebrating Mother’s day can take an entire weekend.