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First class after my twisted ankle tonight. Was lovely. Hip openers, outstretched puppy and downward dog variations. smile.gif

Not working out how to start a daily practice yet, but at least I'm back at weekly classes. smile.gif

:joyYou forget how sweet it is until you can't have it.  Good to hear you are back in the swing of things!  I am transitioning to a schedule that makes one day really busy, but gives me an extra day to stay at home.  Enjoying it.

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Glad to see everyone is doing ok congrats in getting back into class the one one that I found has been cancelled greensad.gif so im back to home practice for now but its just not the same I find my mind wonders and I am more concerned over whether or not im doing the poses properly than the practise itself iykwim?
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Argh, all this travel has wreaked havoc on my already struggling practice.   Changes in sleeping patterns is especially disruptive for me and I haven't slept well since the trip before the last one.  I feel a little overwhelmed by all the chores awaiting me each day (spring is a terrible time to be away from the farm)  and am having a really hard time carving out the time- and energy!- for focusing on self-care.  Remind me again how it's good for me and will bring new energy and focus to the other things I have to do?  I did spend some pretty big blocks of time meditating on these eight hour train rides.  But since I've been home (Tuesday night) I have only done two 15 minute practices.  I am going to try to really recommit myself tomorrow to 20 minutes twice a day with a focus on just making it through the next week.  :p  

 

Yammas-  I agree that the mind wandering is much worse at home than in class.  But I find that the slower pace that I can set for myself gives me more time to really settle in and focus on alignment in the poses in a way that is not always possible in a class.  Perhaps you can shift your focus from worry over whether your posture is "right" to observing how your body feels as you make small adjustments in each posture without too much judgement.  

 

Sweetsilver-  I like the schedule change!  I am a wicked homebody but my son is already the type who wants to be going somewhere everyday, and my husband worries incessantly that since he's not in daycare or preschool he may be missing out on important socialization.  I think it's a bunch of hooey, but still agreed to take him to three classes a week: gymnastics, music, and swimming.  It's a real pain because two of the classes are a 45 minute drive each way and it eats up such a huge portion of my mornings (my most energetic and productive time).  I am eagerly anticipating the cessation of his music classes at the end of this month and another day home myself.  

 

prosciencemum-  Glad your ankle is healed up!  Your class sounds yummy.  

 

RebeloveMa-  Everyone recovered over there?  DS and I have both really struggled with allergies this spring.  I've been neti-ing pretty regularly but the congestion still makes it difficult to practice.  I try to slip into the Ujjayi breath and next thing I am coughing and sputtering and definitely not feeling in the flow.  It's tough because I am pretty dependent on the sound of my breath to anchor me in my practice.  When it is scattered, I am scattered.  Thanks for sharing the great links.  I looked one over briefly but haven't had a chance (or made a chance) to try them out yet.

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Made it to class second week in a row. In often tired and just fancy stating home on the sofa, but feel so much better if I can make myself go.

This week we did some half sun salutations, and a bunch of bridge variations. Was great.

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Mid-year.

How is everybody doing?

I can't say I'm doing all that well in the yoga department. Recently I've been very good about doing a few core exercises in the morning. I've been sick these last 3 days and haven't done anything. I've resigned myself to the fact that a true yoga routine will not happen in the morning. There is a sense of freedom in that. It feels natural to do 5 minutes of corework. It challenges me to find space in my day for some time. I love the afternoon. I've been mindful to block out my week for walks and yoga. This week I've been blasted with a really bad cold, but otherwise I've stuck to it. Yes, I need to schedule in time for exercise!

The basement is almost finished. The stuff stored down there has "exploded" into the upstairs and I roll my yoga mat out in the bedroom and don't even have time to spread my arms out. So discouraging! But since we've decided to not seal the basement floor, we can start moving some things down. Amazing how much that affects your state of mind.

Summer time means that more of my time to myself takes me outdoors for walks and work rather than long yoga routines, and that's OK. I just need to 1. create a place holder each day for when winter sends us indoors and 2. bring my yoga state of mind to my walks, which is easy to do for me in general (though still challenging with all the mental chatter!)

6 months and I'm no closer to reestablishing my daily routines, but I'm no further away, either. That is still an improvement over 2 years ago when I didn't do anything at all.

Habits are hard to break and hard to make. I need to be content with little victories.

Now to kick this cold. Bleah!!! I feel like crap in a way I haven't for several years! I'm feeling a little inspired to go and sit on my mat and see what feels good in this state. Even a moment of mindfulness would be helpful. A twist or two. Cobbler's pose. Savasana for a change.....

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@SweetSilver Ahh, clutter is such a distractor, and how lovely this summer has been for being outside. Hope your cold has cleared. Summer colds are a bummer.

AFM I've been doing lots of running and not as much yoga as I'd like. But a little bit every day I run (~3x/wk) and I've started taking a Sunday class in addition to the Saturday one, so actually not too bad, at least a little bit at least 5x/wk. Still want to work in more silent meditation. We did a reverse triangle in my new Sunday class (I had totally forgotten that pose even existed!) and did some work with the dolphin in preparation for the headstand (not part of my regular practice but should it be? What are the thoughts out there about the headstand?). I wish I could make my home practice more exciting, i.e. work in some poses I don't always do, but how?
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I really should add a modified headstand pose to my "routine", if I can find the d@mn walls!

Thoughts on headstand, from a yogini's perspective, not an experts..... There is something amazing about headstands. The strengthening is amazing. I've never reached any sense of ease to benefit from any purported restorative properties, but I loved doing headstand between chairs so the the head and shoulders are supported, body up against the wall. I remember it feeling lovely, but I only did that in class with supervision.

But, alas, no walls, period arrived (just in time for camping.... can I grumble here? Trying to to complain where the girls can hear!) I think my life will resume when we get back :/

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Did a sweet 30 minutes with dd9, watching Shiva Rea's Yoga Trance Dance. We both really love that video. She likes the dance, I like the luscious spine movements incorporated into all the poses. "Seprentine cobra", undulating downward dog. Then there are the twisting kriyas and Shiva Rea's awesome dialogue. I always get choked up on this one part that transitions to slience, but this time, after not watching it for so long, I choked up in a few places. I never actually cry, but came close to tears several times. Don't ask me why. But it's a great release.

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