poses, self-talk

What makes me practice

Today as I came back from my walk I was trying to talk myself out of practicing right away. I wanted breakfast, I could do it later, I might skip today, blah blah blah.

I walked into the kitchen and saw that there were dishes in the sink from last night. We usually don’t let that happen. I hate waking up to dirty dishes. That was enough to make me keep going, heading downstairs to the mat.

I still thought I’d just do a short practice, maybe 20 minutes. Instead, it was an hour, and a really good hour at that.

I’ve been doing the same poses for almost a year, trying to get my body back to normal. Today I added Parighasana (gate latch), which has not been in my repertoire lately. Boy, what a great side stretch, even more than Parsvakonasana (extended side angle), or at least different, because you really bend your side over, whereas in Parsvakonasana you’re extending from heel to hip, but all straight. The adductor stretch is intense and wonderful too. You also get some hip opening, or at least a person with tight hips like me does.

I don’t know why I try to talk myself out of something that feels so good.

Oh, yeah, and when I came upstairs my husband had done the dishes. He’s the best.

Utthita Parsvakonasana
Utthita Parsvakonasana

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