And so . . . I gathered my mat, a strap and the iPod dock for some Anugama jams for the move upstairs. A little vacuuming (I do have dogs) and I was set for Downward Dog.
When beginning again, especially physical activity, especially if staring down the double-barrel of an impending 50th birthday, it's important to start carefully, slowly. As Shamanic Dream lilted into gentle, floaty tones, I creakily started a few Sun Salutations. One becomes mighty aware of a few things starting over. I could feel how tight my hips were from inactivity (good intentions of walking loosen hips they do not). In certain seated positions, the knees felt twice as stiff. I sensed Full Lotus would not be a goal today. And it wasn't. Relaxation Pose was a welcome relief overall.
The bliss I usually feel after a good, deep session of asanas wasn't achieved which was mildly disappointing. I could use some bliss right about now. Instead, satisfaction was found in accomplishing a practice unpracticed for too long. Sometimes, that has to be good enough. Besides, there's always tomorrow to continue beginning again.
|Happy feet, happy mat. And now we begin . . .|