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My Yoga Practice

I've been practicing at home, in between and around the rest of my life. I don't have a special hour set aside where I have complete peace. Instead I practice while I am making tea, or while Suzanne searches for an image of the great Apache Chief Cochise of the Chiricahua on the internet. I watch the clouds go by out the window. At the moment the clouds are pink and purple and headed south in poofs. I'm all energized from a few basic yoga asanas, some downward dog variations and basic sun salutations. It's amazing how tingly I feel. I felt a few muscles begin to burn when I tried the more challenging variations, and wondered...will I be sore? I seem to make my hamstrings sore almost continuously. My hamstrings shorten when left to their own devices, and need continuous encouragement to grow longer.

I have been practicing more standing poses, balancing on one foot. I often will practice a little while out on a walk. There are certain posts and fences that I use to get myself in good balance with all my weight on one foot, and the other propped up high. From there I can hold my foot and find my balance and stand nearly upright with my foot held high. For the longest time I did not have the pelvic strength to do this, and now that I am beginning to be able to do it, I realize how much strength I have gained. And also how much more there is to have. I am growing myself new hips. And I do not appear to lose much ground in between practices. I just continue to get stronger and more balanced in every aspect, with practice. I am surprised how easy it is now, when it was so impossibly difficult at first.

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calizen
Mar. 16th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Just a stupid little comment here to say that I suddenly had an urge to read up about Cochise myself. Came out of the clear blue. Wonder what is going on with him or the Apaches or --?
liveonearth
Mar. 16th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
That is interesting. Maybe Cochise is revisiting us on some level..... He was a strong leader of famous integrity, and his characteristics are sadly lacking in many of our political figures these days..... so I think it is good to look back on great leaders from any tribe who exemplify how we would like to live, as people, and as interrelating tribes.
calizen
Mar. 16th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Maybe his spirit is needed and he is showing up to whomever is receptive.

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