Monday, July 18, 2011

Day 1

so nice to have my teacher here for the week...

This morning's practice was an interesting mix of surprises. My left SI joint is still sore!...leg-behind-head is modified. David's adjustment for eka pada shirshasana is one of my favorites...such a nice deep stretch in the hips, but had to give it up today. :(

Karandavasana and mayurasana were not least as my interpretations of them go. Mayurasana was especially a surprise...who knew that, while it felt like nothing was changing as I slogged through it everyday, it was shifting around a bit. I felt much less like I was about to crash onto my face today as David assisted me by supporting my legs! Maybe there's hope for that pose after all.

The nicest part of the practice though was the part that is the hardest to put into words. The feeling of being able to surrender, knowing someone is there to help in the sticky places, knowing that for 5 days I don't have to do this all on my own is worth so much. At the sound of my teacher's breath I immediately relax into the practice in a way that I just don't on my own. I'm so happy to just practice for the week.


  1. Sounds wonderful! I know exactly how you feel. When I was a home practitioner, being taken care of by a teacher was a wonderful gift. Still is - I'm just lucky enough to enjoy it every day now. Your post reminded me of what a blessing it is.

    I hope the issues with your SI joint clear up. Who knows, with adjustments and help, sometimes the body realigns itself. I'm looking forward to reading more posts from you this week as you practice with your teacher!

  2. Thanks Kai! It is a wonderful gift for sure.
    I'm hopeful about the SI joint issues too. Practice today definitely felt deeper than it has in a while. I think you're right; things will shift around during the week.

  3. We're really spoiled having our teacher around all the time! It's a great comfort to have someone who knows your practice and its fluctuations.

  4. Thanks Mb! I agree, it's definitely a comfort to work with someone who knows you and your practice. I like knowing that with David I don't have to try to explain myself or my practice.