It's Sunday and I'm ready for an Ashtanga yoga practice. Primary!
After having overstretched my hamstring, I know I have to practice very carefully. How can I do this?
1. Firstly I will practice slowly. This makes every practice easier. It also allows me to be more attentive. It allows the body to stretch slower.
2. My focus will be the breath, the sound of the breath. I'll observe if inhaling equals exhaling. The tiny pause between inhaling and exhaling shall refresh me.
3. Special attention I will give to applying the correct technique: The correct breathing I've already mentioned. Equally important is to engage the muscles and bandhas. This is a protection for the muscles to stretch.
5. Limits: I'd say I can bear pain, stretching pain rather well. Today I don't want to go till my limits. It shall feel good today. I was injured and I had a break of a few days. This must be respected. Sometimes less is more.
6. More important than anything is that the practice remains fun. This remembers me how important it is to relax the face.
7. I will also focus on being focused, this means I don't want to follow the impulse to take a break here and then. To stay on my mat is my goal during my practice. This IS an exercise for the mind. I set a time limit: 2 hours.
I'm amazed myself, how many aspect yoga has.
Don't forget to smile. An inner smile counts, too.
Sometimes less is more.
Picture: My dinner yesterday.