I THINK, although I am not entirely sure, that Mari C and Mari D are really mine now…that I can actually bind them solidly, even when I haven’t stretched out in the shower before practice, even when I abstain from Advil, even when I feel kind of tired, even when it’s not my most bendy day. Other postures gradually came to be “mine” after a while – postures that I would have to practice in the shower before going to the shala that ultimately became reliably doable no matter what I did or didn’t do before practice, such as Paschimo D (wrists bound), both Ardha Badhas and Janu Sirsasana C (with knee on the ground). Also, I am now almost always able to touch my chest to my thighs in the first Uttanasana of my first Surya Namaskar A. For these gifts, I am happy and grateful, grateful not only to myself for having practiced nearly six days a week for a little bit over a year, but also to whatever power has seen fit to allow me to be healthy, strong and fiscally sound enough to be able to do so.
Taught a vinyasa class with some of my best music ever – including Bruce Springsteen’s version of We Shall Overcome and Noa‘s version of Eye in the Sky (thanks, Sesio!). While teaching, I found my eyes occasionally drifting over to someone practicing Ashtanga in another room, and all I can say is….wow. Okay, of course I can say more than “wow”. I can say that her practice was the most graceful, beautiful, bendy, strong practice I have ever witnessed. And that is saying a lot because I have practiced alongside of some incredibly graceful, beautiful, bendy, strong people. It was inspiring and humbling.
Off to pick up the kiddies from the camp bus. Signed myself up for shala summer camp today! I am excited but nervous. Can Yoga Chickie really sleep in a tent??