Hooray for Friday! After another ridiculously full week, I got to sleep late, chill at home all morning, then do a nice Primary practice with all the fixins. And tomorrow's a rest day! Weekends are the best.
I'm having a notably more difficult time getting myself on the mat these days. I've been so busy with teaching, academics, and asana that I haven't had any time to keep up with my yoga study. Pursuit of the theory of the practice has often been a great source of motivation for my asana practice. When I feel uninspired, I pick up one of Maehle's or Iyengar's books, or just grab at random from the stack, flip open to a page, and start reading. It works without fail. But it's time consuming, and that's time I don't have.
I'm definitely in something of a downswing. I feel clogged. I'm lethargic, noticeably more irritated by insignificant bothers, and my sweat smells especially bad. I wake nearly every morning to sore shoulders and I can barely think until I've had a cup of coffee. My right glutes are seizing up like there's a golf ball wedged in there. Interestingly, however, in the midst of this apparent downturn my teaching has been rather inspired. I am loving what's happening in my classes. I'm feeling bolder, more sensitive and improvisational. Students seem to be loving it, too. I look forward to every class.
But like I said, my practice has been a different story. It's hard to face, but once I get my body moving, my mind settles on the breath and everything falls into place. That first vinyasa -- arms up, palms touch -- always feel so damn good.
This afternoon was no exception to this trend. I had a tough time getting started, but had a great practice. Ten slow Surya's. Richness of sensation in the standing sequence which perfectly primed me for the first stretch of seated. Lotus postures were free and open. Twists were deep, jumps were light. I tweaked my jump back by setting the hands an inch or two further back in relationship to my hips for the lift up. Somehow, it made the whole process of the jump back easier, less of a muscular effort and more of a gravity play. I'll be exploring the effects of this more.
Something is lighting up in my right psoas in some of the wide-legged forward folds, namely the Prasaritas and Supta Konasana. It's an electric, traveling sort of sensation that comes on fast and fades after a few breaths with a slight external rotation of the thigh bone.
Backbends have been awesome these past few days, not just in depth but in sensation. I have felt a profound opening in the front body, in the abdomen and left upper chest, and an energetic rush deep in the belly when I exit the pose and reclaim the space. My shoulders are opening up to a new range of motion in the backbends and bound postures, despite the soreness and stiffness I feel in the mornings. It's an interesting time for my practice.