mulling things over

Checking in

The benefits of daily practice are just now coming back to me, after 6 weeks with only a couple of misses.

Benefit #1 – When you do something every day, you don’t evaluate it or even think about not doing it. You just do it. I can’t remember the last time I skipped brushing my teeth, for example. So now my morning practice is wedging itself into place in my routine. Yesterday I didn’t get to practice, for a variety of reasons. All day I felt sort of edgy about it.

Benefit #2 – Gosh, I’m more flexible already!  I sat on the floor today, not on any blankets, in Dandasana (staff pose), and I did not have to push against the floor to keep from flipping over backwards.  (I know this is not an issue for most people, but those iron hamstrings are what make seated poses so hard for me.)

Benefit #3 – I’m much more aware of my breathing all the time.  And more peaceful.

I’m going to stop there so I don’t sound so much like a Pollyanna.  I might add a few later.

general blather, mulling things over

Pros and cons of home practice

Starting with the cons is a good plan, because they all get overcome by the pros.
Cons

  1. It’s hard to make myself get started.  If you’re in a class they are all waiting for you.  Even if they aren’t all waiting for you, you still are more motivated to go.  Oh, and you’re paying for that class too.
  2. I find it difficult to work myself as hard as Margaret, Holly, and Kim do, no matter what my intention is at the beginning of the practice.
  3. It’s yet another thing to add to the wish list of daily things I’m always trying to make habitual. (The others are writing, meditating, and walking.)

Pros

  1. Once I get myself going, I feel very pleased with my own virtue.
  2. Even though I don’t work myself as hard, I do have the luxury of staying longer in asanas and of experimenting with different ways to work on asanas.
  3. If I have time, I can do 2 or 3 hours instead of the class length.
  4. If I don’t have time, I can structure a practice to be the most beneficial 30 minute sequence.
  5. A Big One:  It changes my focus so that my home practice is primary and is supported by my class instead of class being primary and supported by my home practice.
  6. Another Big One:  It deepens my understanding, my strength, and my flexibility enormously.  I have only just returned to my home practice after months away, and I can already tell the difference.  Now I remember the subtleties that became so obvious when I was practicing every day. 

I’m sure there are more, but my attention is being summoned elsewhere.  I’ll add to the list later.