YTT is really moving along. My days are completely saturated with yoga. It's fantastic.
Last week we read The Way of the Peaceful Warrior. It's a Karate Kid-type tale. In other words, the story is a simplified introduction to Eastern philosophy. It's a little bit yoga and a little bit martial arts with a distinctly Taoist flair. The narrative is clumsy, and the characters are blaringly symbolic. I appreciated the central idea, but the delivery was less than eloquent. I'd recommend it for a younger audience. This week we're reading How Yoga Works, which, disappointingly, is another philosophy primer disguised as a novel. Irritating as this may be, I will try to remain open and positive, and absorb what I can.
The nutrition challenge this week is to cut all gluten from our diets. The refined sugar prohibition last week was no problem, but all wheat? This will be difficult. I really like my whole grain toast for breakfast in the morning, and I consider the sandwich in it's copious manifestations to be the perfect meal. I'm still chugging a gallon of water a day. At first this seemed like a lot, but with as much yoga as I've been doing, I've needed every drop of it.
The daily practice schedule is the assigned morning routine (30-40 minutes of tai chi, chi gung, and meditation), one studio class, and, most days, a home practice later in the evening. It's a lot, but rather than feeling tired or overworked, my strength level has gone through the roof. I am strong like bull. Even the ankle is healing rapidly. The bruises are already fading, and the swelling is minimal. The sprain has not affected my practice too much. Just a few modifications are necessary. The controlled motions of yoga actually seem to be good for it.
We had another energy workshop this past weekend. The purpose of these workshops is becoming more clear. They seem to be about developing one's intuition and honing the ability to project one's energy onto others in a positive way. Awareness -- this, I can get behind. We're also starting to get into the meat of pose specifics and sequencing, which I am glad of, probably because this is an area I feel comfortable in and very much enjoy discussing. I am an asana nerd, I can admit it.
We are not meeting for training this coming weekend because of the 4th of July holiday, so over the next two weeks I'm left to my own devices, though I do have lots of homework to keep me occupied, yoga and otherwise.