This morning was the last Mysore class at bnhc for the year. There was a lovely gentle vibe in the room today. Very meditative and peaceful. Only around 10 people which means that the room didn’t get too hot. Recently I tend to get so hot around Marichyasana D that I take a few moments outside the room to cool off. Today I left feeling very chilled and in touch.
Last night a few of us gathered together to mark the end of the season and say goodbye to Russell and Sally who have been with us again for a week. It seems so short and another week would have been great. I’ve particularly enjoyed Russell’s Baddha Konasana adjustments which have taken me deeper than before. Probably not a good idea to write it in a blog but they’re on their way to Texas shortly so it’s probably a safe distance 😉
There’s no group Mysore practice for over two weeks now. So I’ll be doing solo self-practice at home which is going to be interesting. I’ve not practiced much at home, being lucky enough to have a group to practice with 5 minutes from where I live. I’m keen to maintain my practice over the next few weeks although I’m not sure how I’ll do.
In the back of my head I’m already telling myself “You don’t have to do 2 hours of primary series”. So I’m going to try and maintain some kind of practice rather than give myself a hard time.
So, did you manage to practice during the break? I was ill while in India so my practice went for a toss (as they say in India) and since being back also anum,ber of factors have been combining to stop me from coming to regular practice. Yesterday I was up at 5.45 and arrived bright eyed and bushy tailed to the shala but… forgot it was Moon Day!!!!
I need help to get remotivated in this cold and rain. Help!
Awgh! I did that once! But it was in the Summer so it wasn’t so bad.
The first week off I did practice but then I got a nasty cold just after Christmas 🙁
I was still too ill to practice for the first week back.
So lots of good intentions but sometimes you just gotta bend with life!
There are a couple of ways that I find useful to help motivate me to practice:
For me it’s important to dedicate my practice.
So it’s a way of saying – this is not just for me.
It helps to put things in perspective a bit.
My girlfriend has a friend who is in her mid-thirties and is fighting for her life against cancer.
She’s had loads of chemotherapy and is really suffering and so is her partner.
I often dedicate my practice to her and her partner and family.
Each morning I choose a different dedication.
My other little trick is to decide to practice every day (5 days a week)
This way I don’t have the debate in my head – “Shall I go this morning?”
If I’ve already made the decision then I’m less swayed by the cold and rain.
What also may help is to pack your bag the night before.
And finally, you could accept that you’re out of the cycle of regular practice and enjoy the time off!
But then that’s just crazy talk to an Ashtangi! 😉
Hope that helps.
dedicating your practice is something I have been doing a for a few years now. And I have a real sense that it helps. Yesterday I dedicated my practice to my partner, and all kinds of good things happened for him that day!
I did the same thing this morning too, but have no idea how it’s going coz she’s most likely sleeping soundly in NZ which has a convenient 13 hour time difference.
I’ll ask her if she had any nice dreams 😉