Today was the first day of the Ageless Yoga class for the new session. In the weeks between sessions I developed sciatica. I’ve had it before, so I know now what helps. Nonetheless, it’s very frustrating to suddenly have one hamstring shrink up to a little piece of wire. Sharp wire.
I almost didn’t go to class, because I’m even more limited than normal. But yay, I did, and we did Viparita Karani (legs up the wall) and several variations of Supta Padangusthasana (reclining hand to foot pose? I can never remember its English name). Those were just what my funky leg needed. And then we did Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog) in the ropes, which had somehow slipped my mind as a pose to do at home even though I have those nice ropes in my practice space.
This is one reason why a mix of going to class and practicing at home is so useful. I sometimes forget about asanas, and get stuck on a limited range of poses, especially now with my body behaving so badly. Going to class gets me back on an even keel, reminds me of sequences and asanas I’d forgotten about, pushes me to do more than I do at home, in other words, it gets me out of my practice rut. And the practice rut can often prevent me from practicing regularly.
Oh yeah, it’s also great to see my teachers (thank you, Kim!) and practice with other people.