Sunday, November 16, 2014

Self Practice

Hello dear friends!  It has been too long.  With the baby and work and practice and CSA management (holy yield this year!), I have not had much time for writing.  But now here I am with a few observations to share.

My practice is pretty much back to where it was pre-baby, and in some areas, it has actually improved.  In August, at the one year mark, I had to get real, take control of my weight, and start a FIMP (Food Intake Modification Program). Why a FIMP instead of a diet?  Because I want to be a half decent role model to my little girl.  I don't think that it's healthy for a little girl to see her momma unhappy with who she is.  So, the FIMP has been fairly successful and has definitely advanced me back to my original practice, but here are some new things:

  • More ease and consistency coming up in laghu vadrasana
  • Ability to jump back on both sides from eka pada sirsasana
  • Finding balance in pincha mayurasana
  • Ability, occasionally, to bring both legs into lotus in karandavasana
My teacher remarked that "self practice seems to be good for" me.  I found that funny since my practice nearly derailed when I was on self-practice in Kentucky.  But I think there are major differences.  For one, I was pretty unhappy in my professional life in Kentucky.  I think that fed into my slow lazy Kapha tendencies, which led to the practice getting more and more sloppy.  I also dealt with some injury in Kentucky. 

But I think the biggest reason that self-practice is serving me on this try is my time constraints.  I practice either at home in the morning or on my lunch hour at work.  In both cases, I have a very limited amount of time to practice. The result has been a more refined and intentional practice.  The time constraint has taken the sloppiness out of the practice and has made me really think deeply about why certain things aren't working, so that I can fix my issues on fewer attempts. 

It also helps that I do have a teacher whom I see about once a week.  She is understanding of my schedule and still works with me as she would a regular student. For this, I am extremely grateful.  She has added my last two poses on (karandavasana and mayurasana) that I dropped when I got pregnant.  It's good to be back!