my brain was such a scrambled stress-mess the day i received these new poses — what to do with which appendage where?! if i couldn’t sort out a simple pair of arms and legs, it brought to question how my brain must be handling the work challenges. me on no-ga is quite a piece of work!
i had a 30-minute window today so i probably committed an ashtanga no-no, settling for the early poses of intermediate that i have been taught to date, instead of practicing a bit of primary. i really just wanted to do all my sun sals and standing poses, backbends and full closing, so the short portion of intermediate that i practice kind of fit the time constraint well.
i don’t want to call it too early, but it is *possible* i may be getting my life back for a bit(!!!)
my body was craving the invigorating back bends and twists of second series beginning, but i’m glad i had to first work through the healing grounding forward bends of primary.
i’ve fallen into survival mode with work at this point, struggling at the level of Maslow’s basic needs. it’s been weeks since i last even set foot on my mat, and it saddened me today that the practice felt a bit foreign even. still, it was a miracle to have been able to squeeze in a full practice, both time-wise and energy-wise.
this little guy lay forgotten in my fridge for at least a month — i’m so glad i found it tonight, and that it survived! i’m not sure i could have handled a perished avocado in the middle of a stretch like this…
it’s been challenging times. thank you, life, for throwing me an avocado.
Fifteen years ago photographer George Steinmetz set out to photograph all of the world’s extreme deserts. To get aloft in such remote places he learned to fly the world’s lightest and slowest aircraft, a motorized paraglider… This obsessive project took him to 27 countries plus Antarctica to create the first comprehensive photographic book on all of the world’s hyper arid deserts… What many people believe to be wastelands, George Steinmetz has found to be the last great class of wilderness left on our planet…
Left to right: Laguna Colorada, Bolivia; Ladakh, India; Altiplano, Bolivia; Karnasai Valley, Chad
~A taste of the breathtaking photography exhibit now at Brookfield Place (Toronto).