So many factors influence my yoga practice. There are days where I'm full of energy and where I'm very optimistic. Sleep and food influences a practice. It's a difference if I practice in the morning or in the evening. The weight is also a crucial factor. If I practice alone or in a group makes a difference and and and.....
In former times I compared my practices with past accomplishments or with the "perfect" form. An example: I used to think: Yesterday I could bind in marychiasana C, why not today. But the practice and what is possible is every day different. There are so many factors that influence what happens on the mat. All the factors are like the players of an orchestra. Sometimes the single player play together and a melody is created. Then flow happens, the yoga practice becomes a dance. Sometimes only noise happens.
Nowadays I explore my limits. I try to find out what is possible today. I'm attentive to my body and my mind. I go deeper in an asana breath after breath. I see the progression in each practice. Usually in the beginning of a practice I'm more stiff than at the end. The body is warmed up later.
The experienced highlights are enjoyed. Last time I could reach my toes with my fingers when I did kapotasana. M helped me, of course. This gives me hope that one day this pose is possible for me, perhaps sooner than I think. Today I applied the known technique: deep breathing, engaging the muscles, pressing the shin bones on the floor. I gave all my energy to this pose. Fingers didn't reach the toes today. So is it. That I practiced this pose counts.
Ah, the Jasmin tea is good..........
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