I suppose I am never going to get to be a truly devout and enlightened ashtangi until I give up this habit of doing practice on a Saturday. But Saturday is one day when I have the time to practice without having to worry about squashing it into my day or worrying about other stuff I should be doing. Though I am conscious of taking a day off and there’s always Tuesday’s Moon day to look forward to.
A nice 2 hour practice this afternoon, no lack of strength, despite Alison, the hairdresser giving me my pre holiday short haircut this morning, worth going just for the lovely head massage :-) I was more open today, part of that coming from having the time to spread into the postures, managed Mari A-C, into Lotus for D but nowhere near a bind, maybe tomorrow. I tried the Supta K experiment of trying to raise my crossed feet in order to give me the space to get my arms round the back, it kind of worked, though what a teacher would say….. Strong backbends, the more I seem to be able to open my chest the more likely Urdva Dhanurasana is to happen. But it was just good to have an unrushed practice.
I really wish practice could form a bigger part of my existence, the balance in my life seems all wrong, though having talked to others I am not the only yogi with this dilemna. As well as slaving for Nepotism UK Ltd, I also run the travel club in London, next Saturday is the AGM, so I have to prepare a good part of the report as well as keeping the general running of the club going. Dont get me wrong I enjoy doing it and the opportunities it has given me, like being interviewed by “Metro” last year, doing a TV quiz, writing articles for Real Travel & snippets for Wanderlust and giving travel lectures. A few years ago it would have scared me shitless to have to stand up and talk in front of people, now I love the interaction when I give a talk about Japan or the Middle East to 200 people.
I need an early night, crack of dawn bus to my first AYL practice.