I’ve spent the past five days in San Diego, at the generosity of a dear friend. So, maybe (just maybe) you might think that I took a little vacation from my challenge? Not a chance. In fact, it seemed like a really good opportunity to shake things up–do my practice in a new room, at a new time, with new challenges (such as over-caffeinated exhaustion, perhaps?).
So, yesterday I talked about strength (legs, specifically, but there was some mental strength in there, too). And then I took a boatload of photos to accompany the blog. This morning? Let’s just say that utkatasana (chair pose) was a bit more like perching on a really high bar stool pose. Yep. There wasn’t much strength going on today…
Today’s lesson? Rest. I did my practice, but that’s it. I did my practice. And I don’t need to do more than that.
Let yourself off the hook when you need to.
Middle of the challenge stagnation hit today. I could feel it at the very beginning of my practice: do I really have to pay attention to where my body is in these postures? Can’t I just cast my mind loose and, well, practice?
Sure. I could totally do that. No one is holding me to the challenge but myself. But then, no one can improve my practice but myself either.
Damn you, rock and hard place!
So, today was a New Moon, so it was a day off–kind of a groovy bonus of the Ashtanga yoga practice. Days off for full and new moons. When I first began my practice, I never used to take the moon days. It was part of my insane quest for advancement (whatever that is), for strength, for mastery (ditto).