Whew! It's been a rough four days getting used to these 5am wake-ups. I have never been an early riser, much to my regret. My hope is that these two weeks of morning practice will help me develop a nice routine or, at the very least, lessen my aversion to the "early to bed, early to rise" mentality. As it stands, I can't seem to get to sleep before midnight, which is fine when I don't need to wake up until 8 or 9am. It's not so fine when I need to be up and on my mat before the sun even thinks about starting it's day.
I had feared that crack-o-dawn practice would differ significantly from my usual mid-day time on the mat. Most seem to say they are stiffer in the morning, have a tough time getting the blood flowing, feel more prone to injury, but beyond a little stiffness in the first couple of Suryas, I haven't noticed much difference in flexibility or strength. In fact, I really like doing practice first thing. My mind is quiet, my body is light, and my sweat, though a deluge, seems somehow cleaner than in the afternoon. Plus, the absolute joy of a good shower and a big breakfast after practice is something I have grown to appreciate already.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of sharing a post-practice meal with the esteemed Patrick of Ashtanga Yoga and Stuff who happens to be in town for the full two weeks of Swenson. Meeting my first blog buddy in person? How exciting! We had a great time chatting like schoolgirls over coffee about yoga and blogging and blogging about yoga.
To be honest, I don't remember much about my practice the past couple of days. Ruminating on ideas for this post, I recalled jotting some things down in my notebook last night. Hoping to find a wellspring of remembered observations, when I checked my notes, I found all I had written down was "Swenson Day 3. Good practice." Ha! Maybe it's the lack of sleep.
I do know that I haven't been adjusted in Kapotasana since Monday, but I have gotten those perfect Supta Kurmasana adjustments every day. They make it seem so easy, so comfortable and secure. My back has been a little resistant to the deep backbending these past couple of days. My low back is sore, which is rare. I'm sure it has to do with insufficient sleep. Nonetheless, I've been able to take hold of the mid-foot in Kapo A and even Kapo B wasn't too shabby this morning.
Today I signed up for two additional workshops I'd had my eye on that Swenson is conducting while he's here. Instead of rest on Saturday morning, I'll be at a guided exploration of Intermediate. Then on Wednesday night, there's a workshop entitled "Through the Eyes of the Teacher," which will apparently involve some hands on adjustment instruction. Looking forward to these!