Saturday, October 20, 2012
Did I mention before the first class, I stepped on the scale at the studio. I no longer think itís a vanity scale, let me tell you. Thatís all Iím going to mention about that.
I was in a hot spot in the studio at 10am, and had to leave when my vision started to black out. My knee was hurting very badly so I didnít too more than half the standing series because it required locking my knee. Lots of sitting. I wasnít able to do a good portion of the floor series either. I cursed my name for signing up for this challenge. I contemplated making all sorts of excuses to not complete my double today. Just one. Just this one. After class, I put my mat in a prime spot on the cooler side of the room and went home to change and hydrate before going to the 1pm.
1pmís class was a pleasant surprise. I thought there was going to be an instructor I havenít had before but it was Shyam again. I set my goal for class to try each posture once. He reminded me to let it go after each set. I felt like it was just me and him in the room. I did Triangle TWICE. I did Camel TWICE. I can feel my pranayama breathing getting deeper, more focused. I get more and more lightheaded and come right back out of it into more energy and focus.
This afternoon was a strong class.
I thought that my right knee was bothering me in a bad way, that maybe itís on the verge of dislocating again. Obviously, this is a very big concern. I canít afford to lose my knee again. The bottom of my right foot is hurting very badly, also. Hopefully itís not a plantarís wart or plantarís fasciitis. Either way, I wonít find out until after the challenge is over. Maybe Iíll end up walking the next half marathon. I hope not.
I have a lot to be proud of, a lot to work toward. Like Shyam reminds us every day, every day is a good day, every class is a good class, every practice is a good practice. Itís just going to class and giving it my all. Sometimes my all is different than the practice before, but I just keep moving on.
OperationChocolateMilf shared some advice she got from class to engage the core during more postures and this has really helped me to stay balanced in Standing Head to Knee and other one legged postures. My Standing Bow is improving. I only fell out like three times! Iím really working on focus and my breath, engaging my core, locking my knees, keeping my shoulders, hips, knees in one line.