poses, self-talk

Not a real practice

Today I didn’t get on the mat.  Stuff kept happening.  A more disciplined person might have brushed the stuff aside.  However, I did do quite a bit of interstitial yoga.

At writing group, while we did our obligatory blabbing, I did Trikonasana (triangle), Parsvottanasana (Intense side stretch), and Virabhadrasana II (warrior).  Ditto for hanging around on the porch with friends.  I took a rest for a while in the afternoon but first did Supta Padangusthasana (reclining hand to foot pose) on the bed.  While I was listening to a training program on the computer I did Chaturanga Dandasana (four-limbed staff pose, aka the yoga pushup) against the countertop.

So I’m not satisfied with this, but it beats doing nothing, so that’s good.


Things I’m doing even when I’m doing nothing

I think I’ve already written this post, but I’m writing it again as a reminder to myself.

  • Downward-facing dog:  You can do it almost anywhere, as long as you can kick off your shoes and socks and the floor is wood or tile or concrete.  I did it in my closet a couple of times yesterday.  The laundry room floor is good too.
  • Counter dog:  Same as wall dog, with palms pressed to the edge of the counter, extending back into your hips.
  • Baddha gulyasana at the desk, or standing around in the kitchen.  What is the English for that?
  • Seated twists in the car.
  • Balancing on one foot and then the other, while waiting in line at the grocery store.
  • TADASANA!  Recently I’ve found myself slumping while standing in line or talking to somebody standing up.  I notice, press down through my feet, extend up through the inner line of my legs, tip my hip bones back, roll my shoulders back and down, float my head over my shoulders.  What I do with my arms depends on whether I’m carrying something and where I am.