14 April, 2012

Relax, relax, relax

Today was Vinyasa with Cassandra.

It was a beautiful day in Seattle. I won't kid myself that the rain is gone. But I will enjoy the sunshine while it is here. After soaking in several hours of it, and walking all over town, I arrived at my mat, once again, to the inspiring teaching of Cassandra. Before class, I asked if we could do some low back stretching. Yesterday's class focused a lot on back bends and, as such, my low back was a little sore. It's not like me to ask for what I want or what I need. And it's even harder to open my mouth and make a request that will color the experience of everyone around me. But I think that part of the work that I need to do is to ask.

So I did.

And it was an interesting and unusual class. We started off with a rather unique back series involving Reclined Butterfly and then some bends and twists. It was nice. The middle of class was similar to yesterday with a lot of Warrior, though today there was additional emphasis on Side Angle pose. My shoulder was feeling good enough that I tried Crow again. I did not realize until recently that Crow is balancing knees on elbows. Previously I'd had my triceps and elbows more on my inner thighs. The new learning has changed things. In some way I feel like I needed to step back a bit. But that's okay.

Today, my legs were tired. Probably from the last few days of Vinyasa. On several of my "float" forwards, I almost sprawled forward, losing my balance. That's never happened before. But it may be because I have been trying to really jump far, and concentrate on both feet landing side by side, since they usually don't.

As usual, Cassandra's words were inspiring. But you know that already, since I have been saying it for a while now.

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