August 2009


I went to practice at AYL today. I had forgotten how warm it gets, but that was beneficial as it is accompanied by an increased level of flexibility. Only problem was that I didn’t have my yogitoes with me and my mat was a bit of a skid pan.

I am going to try and practice full time at AYL again, it’s a new month and all that. That said, I have no idea what the bank holiday opening hours are, if at all; there was nothing on the notice board today.

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Every new beginning has to start somewhere, right?

I did get on my mat this morning, after 15 minutes of generating excuses in bed. I still have a cold so I excused myself from a shala practice on the basis that nobody would want to hear my snotty ujjai. It was probably for the best as it was a pretty weak practice, if I’m honest. I did SNA and B, then all of standing except UHP which is stupid anyway and I can’t balance in the dark without my glasses on. Then fw bends, the Janu’s (how bad are things if Janu A feels tight?) twists the then savasana as I was pooped (blame the cold).

Not only was the stiffness a problem, but also the injuries which just keep on hanging around. My left hamstring really doesn’t reel like it’s ever going to get better (as long as I have to get up and stand on my feet everyday) and the shoulder for some reason hasn’t improved at all either. I did a quick muscle map search and think it is the Teres Major. Oh well. What can you do?

Tomorrow I hope to get to the shala, so fingers crossed I can breathe through my nose in the morning!

Ok, so they aren’t bad at all, they’re great when you’re on one. But the slog before and after are no fun at all.

I have a million things to do this evening, but catching up with Cyberspace seems to be winning over many, many more important things like sorting out my finances, reading numerous letters from my solicitor regarding moving house (this is highly important so can’t understand why I don’t just do it!), calling my mum, reading many e mails, unpacking my suitcase, dealing with mountains of laundry and preparing myself for tomorrow.

I’m hoping to go back to practice but have a really annoying cold which has left me with a streaming nose for three days (blame over airconditioned hotel). I realised I am still subscribed to TY until the end of the week, so will go there this week at least, then back to AYL, I think.

My holiday has at least given me renewed vigor for work and practice, but these two battle with one another, oh, and my social life. What to do tomorrow when I want to practice but have an after work engagement which means I can’t work late late… so, only answer go to practice mega early, but then where does sleep happen…. oh, the struggles of an Ashtanga lifestyle 😉 Hopefully this will be mostly resolved when I move house, the walk to the old shala should be 20 mins max, although I hope to cycle, an work is just a 10 minute walk. This will be bliss, even if I am bankrupt.