Getting up at 5 for this week’s practices this week has been so easy, it’s not even fair. A has been coming over every morning before she has to meet with clients, so the schedule goes something like this:
5:10 Alarm goes off. I cuss, roll out of bed.
5:11 Brush teeth, pull on the yoga clothes I set out the night before.
5:15 Turn on heater and lamp in yoga room
5:17 Personal habits: drink half a glass of warmed water, nauli if I need it, etc.
5:20 Set up the coffee maker on auto-timer. Set timer to 6:50.
5:30-5:35 A drives up, formalities are exchanged, practice begins.
6:50ish We finish, drink coffee, and chat on the couch under a big blanket until after 7.
Now, I’m not saying that practice itself is easy, because it’s not. It’s really really not. All along, I thought Bhekasana would cause knee troubles… and instead I’m dealing with some very painful shoulder troubles. So I took it slow and easy this morning. I gave up on jumpbacks, opting to step back instead. I had a hard time building as much heat in this way, and I pretty much gave up on finding bandhas, but I really needed to slow it down and listen to my left shoulder. This is an injury that has been lurking around for a while. I think it stems from my supta kurmasana entry… pulling my arms around to cross my legs over my head and then cranking them back around to bind. Something in that rotation does not bode well with my wee shoulder. I don’t have that same pain when I come into the pose from Dwi Pada, but I haven’t figured out how to put myself into Dwi Pada yet, so in the meantime this is what I’m working with.
I’m now able to bind in Pasasana on the first side with heels on the floor, no rolled mat or towel. But the second side i have to fold the mat up once, otherwise I fall over. I’m so close. With a little help this weekend, maybe I’ll be there.
And even Bhekasana is starting to feel a little less strange. I finally “get” the mechanics of the pose, now it’s just a matter of gaining the necessary flexibility in my quads to get those feet to touch the floor. Well, that’s lightyears away quite honestly, so I’m just settling into it now.
I’ve realized that if I were practicing in a shala setting daily, I think I’d be more greedy for new poses. When I practice at YiY or Eight Limb, I feel a tinge of envy when I see my neighbors prepping for Kapotasana. However, in my daily home practice, I’m perfectly content with the current stopping pose and don’t necessarily want a longer practice. In fact, I think the extended practice is at the root of my lack of motivation within the past month or so. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
I’m hoping this week will be a catalyst for weeks to come. This was a special treat, as A usually has to work at 5:30 a.m. and can’t normally meet me in the mornings, but I’m hoping I can take the habits I’m building this week through the following weeks (or months) and get back to that Early Morning Initiative. I do so love that time of day, even when I’m not practicing. All is quiet. I can work uninterrupted, either on my mat or on my computer. I just wish it wasn’t so painful. I suppose I could limit my weeknight wine consumption… but who wants that? Certainly not me!
Or… perhaps I’m going about things the wrong way here. Perhaps I should punish myself when I don’t wake up early: NO CROISSANTS FOR SLEEPYHEADS!