I’ve just come from this mornings self-practice. I managed to get through the foundation series really well, and my Sirsasana was much better, but unfortunately my back is playing up. As you know, I suffer chronic back pain however some days just seem to be more severe than others. Today is one of those days. Surya Namaskara was a big challenge this morning however it’s such a wonderful way to start warming up the body before intensifying your practice with the asanas which follow. My back seemed to be playing games with me this morning. For some asanas it would release beautifully, like Parivritta Janu Sirsasana, whilst for others it was like wedging a blunt sword in my lumbar. Ouch!
This has nothing to do with my practice though. My bed is a little hard here at the apartments, and I only have one pillow which has zero support. I’m going to ask for a couple more pillows - one to possibly place under my back when I sleep tonight. It’s not ideal, but it can really help at times.
Aside from the back, I really enjoyed this mornings practice. I love how intense the energy can become in a room which is completely silent. All you can here is people inhaling and exhaling as they move between the asanas and hold themselves in more challenging postures. It’s nice to be a part of that energy - to be part of a group of people who are committed to deepening their practice through exploring and playing with their bodies. it’s really nice.
For a number of people in class, in fact over two thirds, they will be leaving Mysore at the end of this week. For me, there is no way I would feel I have come far enough in my practice to go back and teach. I’m only just warming up (as crazy as that sounds). As much as I miss home, I would feel like I have ripped myself off a little if I came all this way and stopped here. Really happy with my decision for the 500+ hours, as challenging as it will be.
Enjoy this beautiful day.
Parivritta Janu Sirsasana