I'm really trying to embrace the YQ 'Perservence Month' attitude displayed by many and written about by Venetia recently.
-Al's guest blog on tight hips, hamstrings & glutes
As with anything in life that's a little tough, it's proven to be a bit difficult to keep myself motivated to keep at my practice since Iast wrote. Everything gets in the way; work, life, food, sleep (or lack of!)...I know that I'll only get the most benefits if I practise regularly, but whilst sometimes I'm just not feeling it!
I'm sure you can empathise with this, especially if you have experienced the same green-eyed-monster-stare as I wrote about last time on witnessing a flexible yoga maestro on the mat next to you! "It's not a competition...it's not a competition!" I have to keep telling myself. It's one yoga's main strong points- sometimes, when doing warrior 3 or an arm balance for example, you can't think of much else other than your body or you'll fall! Keeping the focus is sometimes easier than others. If you have any hints or tips to block any of these competitive or negative thoughts out please do comment and let me know, I'd love to hear and learn.
So, an update on my practice:
I have been making the most of my enviable position of being married to a yoga instuctor and having daily one-on-one yoga flow and lessons. It hasn't been easy; I can normally hold my own in public classes amongst other yogis, but when I'm the only one on the mat it's highlighted that I subconsciously 'cheat' my own body. I'm taking micro breaks on my muscles and shortchanging them in the long run. The end result is that I've been pushed into the textbook positions. and am therefore feeling it a lot more!
This is great. Except it's also showing me how far I have to go. I've not managed to get much beyond the warrior poses recently as I've spent so long manipulating my body to give me the perfect position, but I'm hoping that all this ground work and perserverance will pay off in buckets soon. Not that it's about what poses you strike up, just the feeling and the effort you put in!
And back to perserverence: it's just a delay in achieving success!