Tried a new yoga place today! That’s actually very adventurous for me. When it comes to yoga, I tend to stick with what I know and love: Ashtanga! In the last few months I have spent a lot of time with my love and on his side of town and have neglected my yoga habit. His neighbor owns a Pilates/yoga studio so I figured it was time to branch out and explore nearby options. That’s precisely what I did this morning! It was a small studio and I was one of three students. It was a far cry from my usual spot in pretty much every way, except of course it was filled with warm, happy and sweet people who embrace the spirit of yoga.
My first practice in at least 2 months reminded me of why exactly I should keep up with my yoga practice. I’m stronger, fitter, thinner than I was when I last practiced. All amazing things, however, not to go too “honey badger” on you but my yoga mat doesn’t care about that! In fact, of all the things that caused me discomfort today, my hands were the worse offenders! I guess all those lovely calluses I developed on the base of my palms from all my years of down dogs had a chance to recover, leaving me with burning sensations. Fortunately for me this was not Ashtanga! We didn’t hold poses as long which allowed my hands recover periodically.
At this point I don’t know if I will be back honestly, because I am a bit of a purist. I love the consistency of the Ashtanga practice, the sequence, the way I feel sweet relief when my butt touches the floor after all those standing poses, and witnessing every millimeter of progress I make. One thing i noticed today was that my pigeon pose is way better than before. Must be all those hip openers I have been doing. ~wink wink~
I did enjoy the sense of accomplishment when I impressed with my camel pose. Love me some backbends! In any case, I will probably try to do some at home yoga to keep me working on my practice. Namaste!