11 January, 2014

Getting to this moment

Today was vinyasa with Bill MacDonald.

This weekend is the weekend of the MacDonald family. Bill today. Jaime tomorrow. I like that about coming home. Having the opportunity to take their classes.  I felt good today. Class was tough, with some really interesting flows. There were no Warrior I today, but tons of Crescent Lunge. I am starting to have a little easier time feeling stable in Crescent Lunge. I am not sure what the cause was for it to be so unstable for that period of time, though it definitely correlated with the business that happened with my low back, and that’s a little scary. But it’s getting better, and I notice that. It’s one of the many neat things about yoga. It provides the ability to notice smaller shifts in our body, and in our mind, than we might otherwise notice. That is, of course, because we are sometimes truly paying attention. 

Bill talked a little bit about paying attention to what thoughts arise, and repeatedly returning to what is happening in our bodies. It was a good class. I found myself feeling a little “competitive” with the person next to me, who was a very fit woman, probably 5 or so years older than I am. She had a very strong practice, and I found myself wanting to “up” my practice to keep pace. I found myself having those feelings of wanting the other “good yogi” (whatever the hell that means) to see that I am a “good yogi” too (the irony is not lost on me here). But you know? It is what it is. That’s what was happening in my mind. It didn’t consume me, but it definitely motivated me.

After class she exchanged a few small talk words with me. So I think she must’ve thought I’m a good yogi.

Wink. Wink.

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