Better than Yesterday
Today I did lesson number 4 of the Ashtanga yoga for beginners audio course from Live Yoga Life and I felt a major improvement from yesterday! Some of the conclusions I have implemented from yesterday were to PRINT the PDF files with all the photos of how to do the poses and to LISTEN to my body.
I feel that with every passing day I am learning something new about yoga and more importantly about myself, this Ashtanga yoga for beginners is giving me a great insight into my body and soul. I am finding out what my physical limits are and how to treat my body with respect, not over doing the poses and believing that with enough practice I will be able to get the poses ‘perfect’. I am finding the motivation to do the practice every day because I know that after the practice I felt happy, calm and relaxed, ready for my day to begin with a smile.
The Improvements That Made Today’s Lesson Great
Printing out the PDF file was a great idea because I just lay them on the floor in front of my mat and every time I wasn’t sure about a specific posture I simply flipped to the relevant page and I could see clearly the correct position I needed to be in. Today I didn’t have to look at the photos at all for the Sun Salutation A and B and also for the first standing poses, but once again when Yuki started to explain a new standing posture I had to look flip the pages (but it was fine because they were right in front of me).
Before I went on the mat I decided not to push my limits like I did in lesson number 3, I didn’t want to go overboard and end up in pain. So with each pose I stretched until I felt comfortable and whenever I felt the slightest pain I backed up and gave my body some space, telling myself I don’t need to try and touch with my hands to the ground with straight knees, I tried to stay in a position where my body is stretching and relaxing at the same time (not so difficult to find that spot – it’s where I felt a ‘good stretch’).
The Pattern is Obvious
I think the pattern here is pretty obvious. When I learn a new pose I constantly need to look at the photos and I have zero confidence, but as I repeat these postures and exercises it gets easier and even FUN!
I think that tomorrow’s lesson will also be good since I know now how to approach each pose with full intention and respect to my body.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments bellow.