I'm so glad I took the full week's holiday, versus the last two years when I followed the mornings with a full shift at work. Free afternoons left time to explore and savour some of my favourite activities with heightened awareness. Finding the 'yoga' in a ukulele lesson, a tasty meal, my back garden.
The last day of the intensive was restorative, and for lunch afterward I went for a bowl of Pho, one of the tastiest and most satisfying chicken noodle soups I've ever enjoyed. Then a massage followed by a nice hot bath at home. Ahhhhhhh. Or should I say, Aum.
Reminders for future Practise
- Some days these come easier than others, but it is worthwhile to consciously choose to practise these attitudes rather than wait for their arrival.
- Practise these attitudes not only towards others but also toward yourself.
- One of the simplest and most effective ways to approach pranayama is to lie back against a single rolled blanket that just catches the shoulders.
- Incorporate bhramari breathing into home practise!
- Generally do pranayama before asana unless it has been a quiet practise, and allow a bit of a break for your nervous system before starting into asanas.
- For energy, lengthen the inhale; for relaxation, the exhale.
- Warrior 3
- More backbends!!!!
- Also try the supported head stand from the cardiac practise (chair, blocks, bolster, planks).