dried rose buds and fortnum & mason ‘royal blend’ black tea topped with foamed almond milk
the last run of work has left me a bit fragile, so i am taking a luxurious (satur)day off. this morning was the first snow, magical flurries. i took my time, didn’t scramble around cleaning home, and mosied my way to shala.
i decided to offer my body a very gentle practice today, which was really all it could offer me in return at any rate, in all it’s stiffness. it took a bit of time for body and me to reacquaint ourselves. the psychosomatic cr@p i put the poor thing through during the work week really does a number. i feel fortunate that my little pains and ills are all my own fault though, not due to anything underlying physical or genetic, as this means it’s in my control to resolve them. for instance, i have been able to much reduce the upper back issue by being more aware of my mental hygiene.
i have been doing dropbacks with hands supporting my lower back going down (or my excuse for having arms closer to the ground in case of crash landing!), but today for the first time i tested going back with arms raised overhead from the start. it is a bit scary and takes more concentration not to take all the bend in the lower lumbar, but the extension feels good. i think i will phase this in.
it was a treat to see my teacher in the reception area after class (he is normally not at the studio on saturdays). he always inquires how i’m doing, and even though it’s never more than a few words exchanged, i always feel better somehow. and my first practice ever at the shala was on a saturday, so the regular saturday crew is always special to me, and i always value our little post practice chats.
i’m looking forward to a cozy hibernation night at home, in my guilty pleasure — no pants! my mom sent me a package a few weeks back and i’ve finally had a chance to enjoy it. above, my new toy, a milk frother(!!) — it’s amazing, and so quiet! she also sent me the crisps. *haha* mom’s always know, i don’t have much around in the kitchen.
it’s the busy rush ahead of holiday season, so i hope everyone is making the time to take care of themselves as well. happy practicing <3
*i just remembered that the tea and rose tisane were also gifted… and even the almond milk was purchased on my behalf. there are truly angels in my life <3