The holidays are over. Thank goodness… I don’t know how much more hedonism I can stand.
I so appreciate everyone’s comments on the last post. This blog offers a unique sounding-board for me, and I can always count on all of you out there to offer support and valuable advice, thank you. After writing the post, I realized that I had found the vent I needed. I was able to quit thinking about it, and move on. My feelings are no longer hurt… I honestly think it was just an oversight on my friends’ part, and perhaps they were just being careless of my feelings. If it happens again, I will speak up and voice my frustrations, but I no longer feel a need to do it this time around.
New Years came and went… Tay and I spent it at a friend’s ranch out in Creston with 4 of our friends. We had a great time, and I think Kula had the best 2 days of her little life, roaming free with one of her buddies on 50 acres of oak-studded hills and valleys. And no fireworks, so no scared-shitless dog. I hope we can spend more New Years Eves like this one.
I didn’t find too much comfort in this morning’s practice. My stomach was growling… apparently it’s not too used to being empty after this past week’s indulgences.* I was Hungry. I struggled to ignore the emptiness all through practice and just got on with it. The good news is that even with the second series poses, my practice feels shorter. I’m adjusting to the time spent on the mat, and it’s very rarely a struggle to get all the way through the whole practice.
The shoulder is still problematic, of course. Marichiasanas used to be a snap, and now Mari D on the right side is OUT OF THE QUESTION as it pulls that left shoulder too much. Supta Kurmasana is a choice. If I bind the hands, I can’t get my feet to cross. If I cross the feet first, I can bind the hands but it hurts the shoulder to bring the hands back around, so I don’t. Bollocks. For the time being, maybe I’ll just alternate. Bind the hands one day, then cross the feet the next. Or, perhaps I’ll spend 10 breaths in the pose… the first 5 with the hands bound, then the second half with the feet crossed? Hmm. Waiting not-so-patiently for my Doctor’s appointment….
I feel as if I’m weakening in my practice lately. My strength often feels sapped in poses that were once very easy for me. Two thoughts: the longer practice is taking a toll or perhaps the shoulder injury is inhibiting some of the supporting musculature from assisting?
Or maybe I can just blame this all on the extra 5 pounds I’ve probably put on over the holiday season. I need to lay off the sugar, big time.
*Speaking of indulgences, I’ve started posting over at my Jennatarianism site again. Probably not as frequently as here, but the foodie in me is back, and I’ve found some new finds here in SLO that have led me to begin posting once more.