Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Day 92

When I stepped on the mat today, I was struck with an overwhelming sense of déjà vu, like “Haven't I done this before? Like VERY recently?” Yes, in fact I have. Yesterday. And the day before that. I'm having one of those weeks when it feels like all I do is Ashtanga Yoga.

Today's practice was better than yesterday's, which isn't saying much. But I didn't skip any poses and I put genuine effort into each one. Yes, I still feel stiff, and yes, I'm still cranky. Each time I caught self pity kicking in, I took a deep breath and focused on the posture, the breath, moving on to the next posture. This is how I made it from the first sun salutation to Savasana. Baby steps.

Something tells me that this is a practice that will play well off the mat too! ;-)

My left knee was achy, my right knee felt better. I added a few Lotus/Half-Lotus poses back in, but I could only do Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana on one side. Ditto for Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana. I did manage to get into full Lotus though, and it felt okay. Lower back is a little bit cranky.

As for my general crankiness, I'm wondering how much of this has to do with the fact that I didn't have my tea or go for a walk this morning (it was pouring rain when I woke). Funny how we come to depend on these little rituals to get us to the mat. I never thought about the walking/tea constituting a 'ritual' but I guess it is...


karen said...

"one of those weeks when it feels like all I do is Ashtanga Yoga"

Yes, well, welcome to Ashtanga practice :-)

Michelle said...

Such dedication. I agree, it will be a practice that will play well off the mat. I admire your tenacity.