Thursday, January 3, 2008

Day 152

I practised very, very early this morning because I work at the soup kitchen early on Thursday mornings. Plus, today I had errands to run during the day and then I played and hour-and-a-half of shinny (pick-up ice hockey with a bunch of girls from my recreational league) followed by dinner and karaoke. Fun, but *yawn*, I'm beat!

Okay, I know what you're wondering: how early is early? Early is 4:15 a.m. Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but I do like the early mornings - there's something magical about that too-early-to-be-awake hour. And, as an added bonus, I didn't have to worry about fitting yoga into my day later on.

As of next week, I'll have to do this anyway, because I have a heavy teaching schedule on Thursdays (and teach until 10 p.m. Good times.) In fact, it will be interesting to see how the realities of my busy January schedule effects my hour-and-a-half daily practice. Very interesting.

Anyway, I had a good, hot sweaty practice this morning. My back felt relatively open and I was very focused. Funny, even though I'm often tired in the morning, I'm usually very focused and move through my yoga practice without any dawdling, even if I don't necessarily need to rush off anyplace afterward. Since I'm not allowing myself any alternative but to do it, the full Primary Series doesn't seem as long or hard. I don't know if that makes sense - basically, I don't have any choice, so I just get down to business and do it.

I've been meditating every evening. I honestly wasn't sure where meditation was going to land in my schedule but it seems to have settled in right before I go to bed. At the moment, I'm only doing five minutes, which is very easy and reassuring; the time just floats by and I'm always surprised when my meditation alarm goes off.


Michelle said...

4:14 am ?!?!! Oh my goodness. I can't even imagine. Are you Wonder Woman or what?

Kaivalya said...

4 a.m. is doable. I just go to bed early the night before - usually by 9. Once I peel myself out of bed, I actually enjoy it.

I actually got up this early 6 days a week for an entire month back when I was working an office contract in the summer. Have to admit, I was pretty tired at the end of the month but I loved the feeling of going in to the office, already having done my yoga practice.

It's one of the things I love about practising early - you carry it with you throughout the day!