Thursday, November 18, 2010

Observations From The Mat

I have had a lot of opportunity to "break in" my new yoga studio floor this past week or so. The space is so inviting, so clean, so..."earthy". I love the look and feel of it.

What I have noticed :

*It is cooler in there than it was with the carpet
*The acoustics have changed, of course
*It kind of hurts the tops of the toes when moving from Upward facing dog to Downward facing dog. Actually, it hurts a lot but I'll get used to it soon.
*I find it harder in some asanas (like tree pose) to keep my balance as long as I used to
*My knees do not like kneeling on a mat that doesn't have carpet under it. Not at all
*Savasana will take a bit more getting used to for the same reason

But, despite all of these complaints differences, I really love it.
I feel a slow definite contact with the floor which helps so much with the feeling of groundedness and with alignment. It is uncluttered and the wood has a soft glow and it just feels right. I have been in there more in the past weeks than I have in a long time.

I am so grateful for having stumbled upon the practice of Yoga all those years ago.
I appreciate the study of it and its benefits to the body, mind and spirit.
I love its therapeutic applications. Asana for every ailment, every energy level, every mood.
Yoga is one of the best gifts I have ever given to myself.
I plan to dedicate myself to its practice, study, lifestyle and philosophy in the coming year.
It will be my New Years gift to myself.
As I have said before, I am more myself when I am on the mat than in any other place.

Practice and all is coming.  Sri Pattabhi Jois

1 comment:

sfauthor said...

Nice posting. Do you know about these hatha yoga books?