My body is stiff and sore. Probably the result of long periods sitting in air plane, bus and train.....
My body is stiff and sore. Probably the result of long periods sitting in air plane, bus and train. Typically the children have climbed aboard too - reclining or climbing on top of me for comfort. This brings my movement to a complete halt, for hours at a time. A sore and sorry lower back, stiff aching muscles and swollen joints are my current companion. It feels like toxicity in the body has reached a tipping point. I have been popping the ‘vitamin I’ (as Dave refers to the magic of Ibuprofen anti-inflammatory), drinking some water and wallowing in it for a few days.
Today the wallowing is to cease. A re-realisation: of course! that this body needs yoga asana (the physical postures and practices that often get seen as the whole of yoga). My sore body is insistently prompting me to reinvigorate a regular yoga asana practice. I just have to hear the message and act.
Yoga practice, in its many forms, has been a good companion for a decade or so. It informs what I do, think, respond and feel. In terms of yoga asana, I come and go with various focus of practice, duration, frequency etc. And lately it has been few and far between. During travels thus far, I have meditated, loved my ‘outdoor fitness’ and jogged most days (which for me has great benefits, see here). But yoga asana to balance and sustain? nope.
Periodically I set out on a 40 day practice. Inspired by Kara Leah Grant’s 40 days of Yoga you elect a dedicated practice each day for 40 days. Today feels like the day to begin. I have the perfect tropical island setting, a sore body to prompt action and a knowing that this is a right path.
It's helpful to ponder the intention. So I do this. Leaping out for me right now is practice to support a open and flexible body (my type of flexible!). And of course this flows through to the mind and attitude.
Timing: 20mins in the morning , 20mins in the afternoon. A timer is going to be helpful here.
Including: Pranayama (breathing practice) and stretches of the back, hips, legs, neck & shoulders. And a short relaxation at the end.
Procrastination is always there. Even on this tropical island, with 'all the time in the world' setting, there is always other things to be done, commitments to keep. And of course, the self created mind game of distraction and. Lucky I am somewhat familiar with that voice and mind game!
Postcript: four or so days later. Back to day 1 (the concept being if you miss a day - its back to day 1). This I greet with the gentleness and smile that it needs. My body feels better already. Yesterday we moved house. From one tropical island accommodation to another. So between the bags to pack, the motorbike taxi to catch, the kids to care for...what was set to the side? the morning yoga practice. So a emphasis on first things first - morning yoga is a steady nourishing discipline and it can come first.
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