Where my Yoga’s at right now

Yoga is a BIG part of my life. Before I did yoga I was depressed, now I do yoga and I’m still depressed but at least I do yoga!

I sincerely hope that yoga remains in my life at some form or other for the rest of my life. I’m committed, it’s until death do us part. This post is about where my yoga is right now, as of early August 2011. I like to do these little reviews every now and again but I’ve never posted one online before.

My yoga for me right now is stimulating, grounding, strengthening, reviving, calming, energising. Recently I’ve been doing a more active asana practice. This came on gradually, as my strength and my energy and mood has improved. Every day I try to do a vinyasa practice, with sun salutations, lots of standing poses, jumping back into down dog and forward, arm balances, abdominal strengtheners and my ever-hopeful attempts to get into a headstand. I think this has been influenced by the more demanding classes I’ve been attending but also because I want to get stronger, and I want to be able to do more. The thing that’s driving me is curiosity, I am dying to know what it feels like to be in a headstand. Is it calming? Is it energising? Is it vomit-inducing? I want to know!

To help strengthen my body in order to keep up in these classes I’ve been trying to incorporate abdominal exercises and lots of chaturanga holds and press ups. Planks are good, as are leg lifts and the side leg lifts I’ve forgotten the name of. When I say good I assume they are good for my long term strength but I did have difficulty getting out of bed this morning…

As well as all this asana I’ve been starting my day off with 5 minutes of pranayama and trying to get 10-20 minutes of meditation. I’ve found these are both easier after an asana practice but this isn’t always possible. And easier isn’t always better. I would like to add to this little non-asana routine a bit of studying. I studied philosophy at university and have always been interested in the yoga philosophy. I think it’s high-time I cracked open the books and had a look at what it’s all about.

Ultimately I’m working towards headstand, more demanding arm balances and handstand. I would like to incorporate more backbending into my practice. I love backbending and it comes easier to me than the arm strength stuff but I’m a sucker for punishment and I will only allow myself a strict quota of ‘easy’ poses per session. Why do I do this to myself? So I will do more backbends. The ones I want to work towards are kapotasana and viparita dandasana. I wonder what they feel like.

So this is what my yoga is looking like as the summer comes to a close. It’ll be interesting to see how it changes as my energy changes and I get ready for the winter.

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