Friday, June 01, 2012
On Tuesday and Thursday this week, I went to my favorite yoga studio for GSP.... guided self practice. I have learned a sequence developed by James Miller called Adamantine. Sandi, who owns the studio, has studied with James as well. I practice my sequence and she is there to assist and/or adjust me as is needed. It is an intense practice that leaves me in a puddle of sweat feeling absolutely wonderful.
On Thursday as I went through my sequence I kept thinking, I don't remember doing that pose on Tuesday. I must have skipped this pose. Well, I know this sequence and I know I didn't skip anything. I finally figured out what was going on. Thursday I was so much more present to my own practice. In a GSP practice, everyone is practicing the parts of the sequence they are working on, Sandi is quietly assisting others and for some reason on Tuesday that is where my focus went. On Thursday in addition to other students, the building's garage door was being fixed. I never heard the workers, and I had the best practice I have had in weeks. In fact, I actually achieved front splits and Sandi helped me tip forward into turtle pose.
This morning, Sloane Stevens, a new young American tennis player made it into the round of 16 at the French Open Tournament... the first time she has made in that far in a major tournament. When asked about her performance afterwards, she said being focused on the moment and her game was vital. Duh.... I guies being present is vital everywhere!