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Yoga is amazing


Today I had a yoga appreciation moment. I have been free from teaching classes for a few days and besides indulging in hours of, 'The end of the Letterman era' Youtube nostalgia I have actually had time to enjoy some more lengthy physical yoga practices.
Yoga is amazing
Lately I've been feeling pain in the body in several places so this little free time break has been a treat and a much needed reawakening of the energy in my body. This morning I placed my mats in the shady heat of the terrace and could spend proper time inside myself. Man oh man, is this practice beautiful. I caught myself several times smiling out of sheer appreciation for this so illuminating way of relating to yourself.
Yoga is amazing, I entered my mat feeling broken, started very gently through a long savasana, proceeded to some softer, restorative positions full of voluptuous breath and as my body thankfully received the royal treatment it invited the more yang aspect of muscle and bone to join in and before I knew it, I was doing pliés, tondues and slow motion developes. For those of you not familiar with dance terminology, those are basic ballet exercises that are specifically useful when building more detailed, deeper aligned muscle, closer to the joint. I ended the practice two and a half hrs later feeling only gratifying fatigue but was and still am as I'm writing this left with only mild traces of the pain I felt pre-practice. And my mind and heart felt the imprint of the morning luxury treatment all day. Yoga is amazing.

At this moment, these lengthy spacious practices rich in content are only possible at odd times and occasions, but I must say that this mornings encouraging experience, will motivate me to find them more often.
This is perhaps the most difficult challenge we meet as we start to take more responsibility for our practice. To, when the body hurts and an aspirin and YouTube in bed feel more appealing, make the decision to pay it proper attention. To not look away or postpone in those moments of fragility, that's hard. But it's so well worth it. That decision, to give attention to how you're really feeling, and treat it with extensive care, even though it's uncomfortable, that makes a significant change, just that decision.

After practice I laid down (without aspirin) and watched Letterman with Jon Stewart and enjoyed it thoroughly. Laughing out loud at their shenanigans, with my cup of noodles and coffee providing the perfect frosting of the morning. Yoga, is amazing.

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