I’ve given myself the challenge of giving up full control of my home practice and following along to Rodney Yee’s Moving Toward Balance course for the 8 weeks. Here’s how week 1 went down.
So here we are at week 2. It’s sun salutations week! I got to add back in my sun salutations to the beginning of my practice. Oh how I’d missed them for that whole week. Of course I followed the pattern of the previous week and rounded out my practice with some poses the sequence lacks, for instance some backbends and seated poses. I also gave up counting the poses in seconds and measured how many breaths I’d need to stay, for instance 45 seconds (7 breaths) and followed my breath. It was much more grounding that way, plus my ujjayi breath can be so loud I can’t even hear the clock at times.
Here are some things I’ve learnt in week 2 in handy list form.
- I hate being told what to do. I already knew this one because it’s always worth learning again. I have an inner rebel that absolutely detests a prescribed list of asanas, and will protest at holding for a prescribed amount of time. Dealing with this rebel makes for a very exhausting practice. Why do you think I do my own practice and have to force myself to go to classes?
- I love vinyasa! And following a set of static asana like in Rodney’s course is not stimulating enough for me. I got a bit bored… I like to move!
- I missed the jumping back and forward in the sun salutations. It’s been months since I made this a regular part of the practice and phased out stepping into lunges (actually it was from Rodney’s dvds that I first learnt that transition and it has been very lovely for my psoas muscles) and now I only don’t do at least a couple of jumps if I’m feeling ill. Taking them out this week made me realise they’ve stopped being a chore and a challenge and are definitely part of my yoga.
- I definitely need to work on holding down dog and up dog for more than a few breaths. In Rodney’s course on one of the days you hold down dog for a minute a couple of times and have a few 5 breath up dogs. I have to admit that my arms were shamefully shaking throughout.
- Using excessive props during a practice irritates me. Especially day one of the course where the room was littered with blankets, my bolster, blocks, my strap, pillows and I had to move everything whenever a new propped-up version of a pose was to be practiced. Which was often because there’s a lot of subtle variants of the poses and you only hold some of them for a minute! I love restorative yoga but I’ve noticed irritation when dealing with props during a restorative session too. I just want to settle!
- This version of supta baddha konasana is heavenly for my stiff ankles. There’s a bolster under my knees and 2 blocks under my feet. Mmmmmm.
- Extended, repeated stays in uttanasana still don’t do it for me.
- Sitting up against the wall in cross-legged position hurts my back. Why’s that?
- I also hate reading long descriptions of things, I’d much rather try it and see. I worry this means I’m missing wisdom along the way…