June 21, 2011

To The Back of the Room

I practiced for the first time in over a week this morning. My mat went down in my old home when I first started practicing - the back right corner of the room, far from people's eyes. It actually felt good to be back there. I felt like I was in my own little world.

My shoulder was sore right from the beginning so I backed off completely. My Half Moon was either a one arm Half Moon or Tadasana (Mountain pose). Half Tortoise was Child's pose, Triangle was one armed, Balancing Stick was done with arms to my side. Not ideal, but I needed to be there. Mentally and emotionally I needed that focus.

It was difficult to shift my focus away from shoulder. Shifting away from the frustration of having a really sore shoulder. So, I focused on my feet. I was conscious of pressing the corners of my feet into the ground, so that even when my weight was back on my heels, my toes were planted on the floor. It helped.

My class was not as vigorous as it normally is. It felt rather therapeutic, calming. I was finding focus and strength in my alignment as opposed to doing the poses.

Oh boy, maybe this is what I'm supposed to be learning right now.

1 comment:

Yolk E said...

I'm glad you got into the hot room, J, and that you had the awareness to be mindful of your body. There is a woman at my studio with a bad shoulder injury, and she inspires me the way she modifies the poses but still works hard.