30 July, 2013

Trying harder

Today was gentle yoga with Elizabeth McElveen.

I didn't think I would be able to attend this 4pm class anymore but it turns out that schedules sometimes permit the unexpected. Since I am about to travel at work and I have been getting into work at the impressive hour of 7:30am, I am able to make some adjustments.

Elizabeth had much to say today. It was about fire. About warriors. About Warriors. About trying. She said that when we say we are trying but we are not moving toward our goals maybe it means we aren't really trying. Or not hard enough. Or that we don't really want what we say we want. Because when we really want it, we just go.

The energy was intense and mellow at the same time. It's a special energy that Elizabeth creates.

I am taking large quantities of ibuprofen. 4 x 3 a day. I don't know how much longer until this subsides. I know it will. But when? Surprisingly, the things I feared like forward fold and upward dog were not painful at all. The thing that nearly broke me was seated straddle forward fold near the end of class.

Mindfulness without anticipation. There's no time for distraction with an injury. One lapse in focus and the injury is made worse.

This is the practice...

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