Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Day 133


When I arrived at the rink this morning, it was chaos: the ice was ungroomed and two guys who work for the City were wandering around clutching bunches of keys, trying to open doors. Turns out, the Zamboni Guy woke up this morning only to find out that his car, wallet inside, had been stolen. Everyone, please send some good thoughts his way - he's a good person and this is a rotten bit of luck for him.

The City guys had to call in a backup driver - that took an hour. Then they had to gas up the Zamboni (another half-hour). Flooding and cleaning the ice took another 20 minutes or so. One of the City guys opened the staff lounge for me and I sat in there for nearly an hour, reading a book, while they sorted things out. I finally did go skating - it just took awhile.

Anyway, this little drama really threw my schedule off. Thank goodness my noon class doesn't start up again until the New Year! I didn't have to rush to get anywhere and still had time to practice.

By the time I got home, I was hungry and it was nearly lunchtime. I didn't feel like practising the full series so I did a one-hour short form. Felt very distracted, but I always do this time of month.

I had a lightbulb moment in Marichyasana C today. My goal, now that I can bind easily on both sides and to the wrist on the right side, is to do this without 'helping' my arm reach around my leg. Today, I really started working the twist before I even started to bind. I kind of 'shimmied' into it. And, whoa and behold, binding was much simpler!

(I tried the same 'shimmy' technique in Marichyasana D with no luck, but I still have a feeling I'm on the right track).

Overall, practice was good. I came up with straight legs and held Sirsasana for 30 breaths. Sarvangasana actually felt 'comfy'. Something about these inversions is very soothing to me these days.

We're having some weather. Snow was lightly coming down outside, so I opened up the drape. I occasionally allowed my driste to gaze out toward the city skyline and the marvellous winter scene. After practice, as I was walking the dog, the fluffy snow turned into hard little ice pellets and now it's icy rain.

It will be 'fun' walking down to the main drag to teach my afternoon class. *eye roll*


Michelle said...

Smart lady to have brought a book along!

Kaivalya said...

Always, always! I travel via subway/streetcar/bus, so I have many opportunities to read (particularly if there are delays and the often are).

Michelle said...

Now I am curious. What book were you reading? Have you read Eat, Pray, Love yet?

Kaivalya said...

Ah, but now you've opened a huge can of worms. A better question might be, what am I NOT reading. ;-)

I'm not reading Eat, Pray, Love because I already read it on the annual summer camping trip. I flew through it in about two days. It was okay - a good read, a bit fluffy at times, but entertaining.

Currently reading:
Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasatar
Ashtanga Yoga by Gregor Maehle

I'm re-reading Pema Chodron's book 'When Things Fall Apart' and also rereading Eknath Easwaran's translation of the Bhagavad Gita (because I love it and I need it right now).

I have a pile of brainless fiction to read over the holidays. Also, a book about food politics and another about the legal system in the States.

I bought Swami Satchindananda's commentaries on the Yoga Sutra's a few months ago and I've barely touched it (guilt, because I so rarely buy books, usually get them from the library). I will probably have a go at that in the New Year.

Love reading, love it!!

Michelle said...

Obviously you do! Wish I had more time to read. I prefer non-fiction as well. I purpose to make more time to read in the new year. Ah, time, where does it go?