To combat this ongoing revelry, I've been thinking about trying to design some sort of a weekly practice plan for myself to keep things manageable and straightforward, with a couple of shorter practices built in so I don't have to feel guilty when I don't have the time or energy for a marathon practice. But then again, I have to ask: why create even more expectations? Why try to reshape the box when I can just eliminate the box entirely?
Allow me to field my own question: Because it's easier than being honest with myself and assessing my own unique needs and energy level on any given day. So, while I am wary of imposing further boundaries on something as ideally free and unfettered as the practice, I think perhaps that these simple reinforcements will help me stay productive as I transition from this EPIC introspective summer to the social, structured nature of the fall.
The first draft of my practice plan goes something like this:
- Sunday: Full Primary + Intermediate (whatever my current Intermediate chunk may be)
- Monday: 1/2 Primary + Intermediate
- Tuesday: Primary to Supta Kurmasana + Intermediate
- Wednesday: Full Primary + Intermediate
- Thursday: 1/2 Primary + Intermediate
- Friday: Full Primary
- Saturday: Rest
Now, at this point it's only Tuesday and already I've flown off course. Yesterday was an incredibly busy day from morning to night. I was barely able to squeeze in 1/2 Primary alone, much less add the Intermediate on top. Nonetheless, it was a pleasant practice. And (good news!) I got my backbends back!! Friday I played with a bent-arm expression of Urdhva Dhanurasana. Sunday, I did 6 rounds of Urdhva Dhanurasana with straight arms, but no drop backs. Then, yesterday, I managed 3 straight-arm backbends PLUS 3 surprisingly smooth drop backs, all without any pain. Huzzah! So glad to be dropping back again. It just feels soooo good.
Should be able to get back on track with the practice plan today. I've got nothing but time this afternoon and the weather has been just perfect for turning off the A/C, opening all the windows, and sweating myself clean on the mat.