Today has been a day of strength training and meditation. I haven't done any asana practice, even though some of the strength exercises are either similar or identical to certain postures.
I have been doing exercises to improve the strength of my shoulders and upper back and hips and hamstrings. It is remarkable to me how few asanas focus on the strength of the hamstrings. My exercises include squats, crawls, walking while carrying weights, foam rolling and a dynamic one-legged sort of bridge pose. I can already feel the improved strength in my joints. I didn't realize how unstable they were, but they feel so much stronger now after only a few sessions.
The other part of today was meditation. I focused on the pure and fearless part of myself, the part that is unshakable and still. I am trying to be with that part of myself, quieting my mental ideas of who I am and who I want to be. Hoping that with stillness and quiet that I will eventually be able to hear the voice of my true self. It feels strange to write that down, but there is certainly a discrepancy between who I think I am and who I am. Trying to find the latter, a complicated prospect.
This journal honors my ongoing experience with the practice, study and teaching of yoga.
1) Sridaiva Yoga: Good Intention But Imbalanced
2) Understanding Chair Posture
2) Why I Don't Use Sanskrit or Say Namaste
3) The Meaningless Drudgery of Physical Yoga
5) Beyond Bikram: Why This Is a Great Time For Ghosh Yoga