Sunday, April 15, 2012
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Hatha Flow w/ Michelle H.
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Mindful Eating Exercise & Meditative Walk
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Jumping/Floating Workshop w/ Michelle W.
2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Foundations w/ Michelle W.
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
As you can probably discern from the schedule above it's been a busy couple of days. I'll be working with a lot of what I learned in the Jumping/Floating workshop all week in practice, as I was able — with Michelle's encouragement and "Don't worry, I'll catch you if you're about to fall on your face" support — to unlock a few key elements that had been eluding me in my Vinyasa transitions. I'll be floating in no time, but for now, there will be a lot less wild donkey flailing in my jump-up and jump-backs.
This whole past week has been one of new breakthroughs and advances in my Ashtanga practice, which is encouraging and invigorating. I had hit a little bit of a wall a couple weeks ago where I was feeling a little worn out from the constant practice, but I seem to have shaken that off and have discovered a new well of strength and energy. My practice has never felt smoother, stronger or more graceful.
I have a feeling that this is a cycle that will keep repeating itself — like a rattlesnake that regularly sheds it's skin — emerging at the end of every molt bigger and shinier with an extra ring on it's rattle. Me? I crawl out from under the rock with some new bits of knowledge, a greater understanding of my mind and body, a little extra length in my limbs and torso, and maybe a few more laugh lines around my eyes.
I've never felt such extremes of being so physically energized followed by complete exhaustion, or so spiritually alive and mentally stimulated — and just plain happy — in my whole life. If this is what 43 days of Ashtanga can do for someone, I can't wait to see what the next 20 years brings.