Day 26 – Done Day! Minus 4. Well, for the first time since this challenge, I did not write a post yesterday. I didn’t forget; it was a Saturday and just had other things to do, like … well, yet another yoga class in the morning, a relaxing day NOT doing anything, and then date night with My Love to hit a couple of new hotel bars in the city. But tune in to tomorrow’s post to find out all about that.
These classes are beginning to run together. And I honestly cannot say what, if anything, I took away from the class. It was Friday, I was thinking about the weekend, and now that I’ve put this much time between it and writing about it, I really can’t say a whole lot. With only three classes left now, I am just ready for life to return to a normal routine. However, as I sit here and whine, I will say that I do feel much better physically. My practice has improved immensely, and I feel a marked difference in my body and how I am much more aware of how it moves and feels.
After reading this article in New York magazine, I am inclined to believe that I am not connecting my physical practice with a mental practice. I don’t agree with all of David Regelin’s opinions, and he comes across as a major asshole, but he does have a point when he says, “Yoga is not about enjoying yourself and having a fun experience that you like; it’s about changing yourself … and what changes you is usually the stuff you don’t like.” I tend to stick with what I know and like. I like the comfortableness of familiarity. Because of this, I tend to not challenge myself as much as I should (a 30-day challenge is one step, however). Some of the things he points out in this article made me think about broadening my practice both physically and mentally. I need to get out of my comfort zone. It surprised me when I realized that I really have taken mainly Ashtanga classes. There is so much more to yoga than just Ashtanga, and I’m not dissing this style of yoga. I just think I’m ready for more, not better, but just different and more. You don’t know until you try, right? Not only do I feel the need to broaden my yoga practice, but my ongoing quest for self awareness as well. I think exposing myself to new and different classes will be yet another challenge. 26 down, 4 to go.