An (Almost) Daily Dose
Since I've started doing yoga, I've wanted to have one week where I practiced every day. It doesn't seem like such a big goal, but, as I'm sure many of you can appreciate, carving out space to practice each day is challenging when you have so many demands on your time. Despite the challenge, I really want to see how it feels to get a daily dose of yoga. I was hoping that this week I would do it. Things started out on the right note. Monday and Tuesday I had a vigorous home practice and Wednesday I met with Jason. We worked on taking the Sun Salutations and flowing from them straight into standing poses. I loved it. I really felt like I could put together the pieces of what I've learned into a fluid, almost dance-like series of movements, and for the first time I understood the concept of flow as it applies to yoga. It also made me see how much each yoga pose fits into other yoga poses. I think I realized that in concept, but my home practice has always been a bit choppy. I do one pose, then stop and adjust and move into the next pose and I continue on like that for the rest of the practice. It's rewarding, but this was something entirely different.
Then I missed Thursday. I can't even recall precisely why. I'm sure it was some combination of friends and wine and food, but whatever the reason, I couldn't bring myself to practice. And on Friday, I was so bummed that I hadn't accomplished my goal that I skipped again. I got it back together on Saturday, and tried to really incorporate the flow methods that I had worked on with Jason. And on Sunday, I took a class so it ended up being five out of seven days. Not bad, but not quite what I was going for either.
One of these weeks, I'm going to practice for seven days straight. I'm not sure why I've fixated on this as a goal, but I have. I want to prove to myself that I can do it, but more importantly, I want to see what it feels like. Yoga brings to the surface misalignments that I wasn't aware of. The more yoga I do, the more awareness I achieve. But the memory fades on the days in between the practice. I think that if I remove those days, at least for a short period of time, my awareness will be heightened and I'll be able to pinpoint the things that push me off balance. Maybe not.But I won't know until I try, which is why each week on Monday I start with the intention of including in my week a daily dose of yoga.