I really burned myself out in July. In case you don’t remember, July was the month of Yoga. I did Yoga almost every day. At first, it was really tough, but I’d been doing a fair amount of Yoga before the month started, so I just pushed onward. I felt fatigued, but not incapable. As the month wore on it got harder to do, but also easier. It was harder mentally but easier physically.
August hit and my attendance faded out until I stopped altogether. It had been at least a month since I’d last gone to Yoga when I ventured forth today. I’ll admit my motives were not entirely for the intrinsic value of Yoga, but also because I’ve suddenly realize that I’ve gained a few pounds. Not because I own a scale, but because my favourite pants were not as comfortable as they were a couple of months ago. I figured that the downward trend of physical activity might have something to do with it and I was not planning to cut down on my food consumption so it was time to kick things up a notch.
Yoga is hard. As in: harder than I remember. I caught myself thinking two competing thoughts today: “Wow, this is a gentle class” and “I can’t believe how tough this is!” Back in July I would have breezed through that class without breaking a sweat. Not so today.
I’m going to let you draw your own conclusion about how that ties in with letting things go.
Today’s class did give me the inspiration for my last month of blogging (or, at least the last month of this project). It’s a question people have asked me for years and it’s also an ongoing challenge…in Yoga.
I want October to be the month of BALANCE. It seems like a great way to round out this project, and it’ll also be an enormous challenge given that Mike is currently booked for two business trips in October and the whole family is planning a road trip to Montreal. Balance is going to be extremely important.
On the “Yoga” side of things, balance is also something I have enormous difficultly with. My Trees look like they’re being hit by hurricanes. My Warrior 3s look like the division stopped by the pub on the way to the battlegrounds. My Eagle needs to stop dive bombing gophers. It’s something I did not even improve much on in The Month of Yoga. So I am going to make a point of practicing my physical balance each and every day.
One way or another, I’m going to reach a ‘balance’ at the end of the next month: I will have moved all the “to go” items to the “5 Downed” side of my scorecard. Hopefully I’ll also feel better sorted in all my life projects (more on that in October) and maybe, just maybe, I can Crow for longer than 5 seconds.
Day 327 scorecard: 1635 down, 190 to go