Last week was tough at work. I wasn’t able to make it to any of my usual classes. As a result, I resolved myself to start a stronger at-home practice. This past Monday morning I woke up with the intention of getting started and with my family still asleep, I rolled out my yoga mat in the living room and tried something new. I have practiced at home before, but I always used videos (mostly led my teachers with whom I have practiced in the real world). What I would like to do is get to a place where I can follow my own sequence. I am by no means trying to start from scratch. I have a book on Yoga Sequencing (as seen above) and used it as my guide. But even with that, it was hard. When it suggested starting with a Sun Salutation, repeating three times, was I meant to do it three times on each side? It seemed like a lot. But you wouldn’t do it twice on one side and only once on the other. And then when I was time to try some of the other postures, I had a hard time flowing smoothly from one to the other.
Later that morning, when I finally sat down in front of my computer, I found two blog posts about this very subject waiting for me in my inbox. Karma, no? From Contorted Strength, I learned that I am not the only one who finds it hard to get such a thing going. He also posted a photo of himself practicing at home along with an amazing video of a woman practicing while her family interrupts with questions about snacks and potty time. These are at-home practices I can relate to. I love pictures of perfect yoga postures in pristine locations but unless one of you has a winning lotto ticket you want to share, my practice is going to have to happen between a large stuffed dog and a pile of legos.
The second post was from Kristi Smith. If virtual encouragement is a thing, she inspires and helps me almost every day. I love reading her blog and I can always count on her for a funny comment or two on mine. This post, however, was more personal in nature. It reminded me that I have it pretty damned good. That should focus more on the fact that I was able to go to lunchtime yoga for a while, rather than the fact that I won’t be able to for the foreseeable future. I must be the change I want to see.
All that said, I would like something a little more prescribed than a random page I chose in a book. I have been considering Ashtanga for a while. Maybe I could take a class or two and then practice at home? Or maybe I need to just flip to a different page, give it a go and forgive myself if everything doesn’t fall immediately into place.