Tuesday, September 16, 2008

No craving for chocolate anymore in the evening

Instead of eating self-made Indian chocolate in the evening, I sat on my sofa with a book. Since a few months a book sits on one of the book piles here, inspired by Tim's post I opened it today. I speak about the book by Haruki Murakami on running and writing. It is a quite book.
It is difficult to compare running with doing yoga. A few similarities seem to be obvious. It is hard sometimes. Pain is felt. It is not only pure joy. "No pain, no gain", I heard several times in India. To find a way to handle it makes the difference of those who go on and those who give up after a while. Knowing that pain will be felt is already the first step not to be overwhelmed by it. To accept it is the next step. Focus, breathing help to deal with it.

For me it was a huge success already to accept that my first surya namaskara is a bit stiff, the second is already less stiff in best case. A development can be observed. The body goes from stiff to flexible. The Ashtanga practice is not a show that is perfect and even from the beginning to the end. Every day it is the same game. The flexibility that is felt at the end must be worked out. Every morning.

Buh, this all makes me so curious how my practice will be tomorrow morning. How will I be able to handle the pain tomorrow?
Time to go to bed.

Picture: A building in Passau.


Tiff said...

I love Murakami!

Ursula said...

I finished his book on running. I am very motivated to read one of his novels. I hope the translation is not too bad.

Felicity Bell said...

Hi Ursula,
I'm new to your blog, but thought I'd jump right in with a comment since one point of your posting struck me. Your remark on the "No pain, no gain" saying makes me think of one instructor I know who often says "If you can, you must". I have a hard time with these notions because I'm of pitta constitution and already call upon my fire too often. I try telling myself "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should" to dissuade myself from becoming competitive and losing connection with my present body. Additionally, I try practicing at 90% of my ability to keep my pitta in check, which allows me to really move beyond my ideas about what my practice should look like.

All this to say, sometimes I think "No pain, no gain" can be set aside for "Just because you can, doesn't mean should"; thus, ensuring the body, mind, and soul get the practice they need.