This morning I woke up and I couldn’t figure out why I was so tired. It wasn’t that I worked a double shift yesterday. It wasn’t that I am running again and feeling the effects. I got enough sleep (well, kindof- the smoke alarm went off causing me to leap out of bed and frantically use all the air in my lungs to blow on the darn thing (ummm headrush) while flapping my arms and generally looking crazy).
Then I realised. Get ready for it guys. I FORGOT to have coffee. Wow, I am really ashamed to write that. Coffee is one of my favourite things ever and forgetting it is firstly pretty scary (that headrush must have cost me some much needed brain cells), and secondly highly unlike me. I am not addicted to coffee (HA, that is what all addicts would say), but I do very much enjoy my morning cup(s).
(FYI, just because my cup has red and green and white, it does not mean it is a Christmas cup, it is a penguin cup and penguins are always ALWAYS appropriate).
Anyway, once I got over this little atrocity and made myself a nice strong cup and whispered a little forgiveness prayer to it, it was yoga time. When is it ever not yoga time? The balcony was calling to me, I am forcing myself to not run today even though my run-loving heart is telling me that it would be fine, and so I settled in for some Ashtanga with a particular focus on Tree pose.
I started off with Leslie’s thirty minute class.
I actually quite like this video for morning practices because while she gets right into it straight away, the fact that it is Ashtanga means that there are the regular five-breaths-in-a-pose pauses which help me wake up. It definitely gets the blood flowing (that is kindof a yucky expression, I am sorry). It makes me laugh when Leslie says “Your head may or may not be on the ground (when we are in wide-legged forward fold)”. Ummm sorry Leslie, my head is like a meter from the ground 🙂
The more I do Ashtanga the more I love it; I used to be a strictly Vinyasa type girl, if it wasn’t flowing I wasn’t down with it, but now the stillness in some poses is something I really welcome. Maybe I am just getting old 😉
After that I threw on one of my fave kirtan songs and did an intuitive practice for half an hour.
I spent a lot of time working on my Tree pose ( Vriksasana). This article has some great tips on how to do it. I did a bunch of variations of it, placing my lifted foot at different heights on my grounded leg as I progressed, and changing my arm position around. I also spent a bit of time playing with closing my eyes- result: I am nowhere near balanced enough to do this. I noticed a huge difference in my balance even just compared to three weeks ago though, my sprained ankle was wobbling like mad at that time and now it is much more stable and burning a whole lot less. Soo nice to be able to see it healing like this. I also feel like Tree pose is a really powerful pose and really uplifting. That is the yogi-hippy in me talking, we will move on 🙂
Have you done Tree pose before? -Please whip it out if not, it is awesome 🙂
Do you drink coffee? Or tea?– Both are amazing but coffee slightly more so in my world 🙂