17 September, 2012

Suo nome era Lola

Today was 90+ minutes of Power Vinyasa with Lola.

Only had five hours of sleep last night, but for some reason, I woke up in a good mood, especially compared to yesterday. This morning, I was already alert and perky without any caffeine but, just for good measure, I drank 3 cups of strong Italian coffee in 15 minutes right before yoga. You'd think that is a bad idea, but it actually works. For me.

Sue was very much needing to practice yoga today, and Lola generously volunteered to teach the long class, with no advanced warning.

Today was another class where we focused, somewhat like a workshop, on specific details of the practice. A major focus today was to work on stepping our foot forward and backward to Downward Dog, without losing integrity of our body and hand position. I was trying to focus on this, in addition to recalling the lessons of yesterday regarding the serratus muscle. There is definitely a lot to think about.

Practice felt pretty strong today, but my hips are getting tired from all of the work we've been doing. Doing serious hip-opening work is not like a relaxation massage. It's a bit more like deep-tissue manipulation, to use the analogy. To make the progress, you're going to stir some shit up in there, and sometimes it's going to ache a bit afterward.

We only have 2 "classes" left before the end of the retreat. On Day 2 and 3, it felt like we had all the time in the world. But, much as I suspected would be the case, the end feels like one of those apparatuses where you drop the marble and it starts spinning around a broad outer rim, slowly at first, but then it gets closer and closer to the exit at the bottom, and you feel like it's going faster and faster. Italy is still here, but I know that we've got only a little bit left. I am not jumping ahead, or lamenting this fact. I am not "sad" in the sense of feeling badly. I am just aware that we have had all these amazing experiences, and become comfortable together as a group, and that our window is nearing its end for this time.

It has been interesting feeling the relationships evolve over the short time we have been together. I feel a connection with everyone on the retreat. Some of these connections were immediate, like the flip of a switch, and some have been slower to develop. But, as we've had these experiences, on and off the mat, I feel a shared spirit between all of us, and I feel very fortunate that we are here together, at this time and place, as this group (recalling the line "we are exactly where we are supposed to be, doing exactly what we are supposed to be doing").

I can't imagine having not come on this trip.

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