The baby was finally down and I unrolled Black Mamba. I had no idea what to do on my mat. I have been practicing mostly on my own and started to feel like I was running out of material. I tried to use My Yoga Online, I really tried to sign up but no dice. I didn’t have time to call the administrator so I started with what always gets my body going…Surya Namaskar A and B.
Surya Namaskar translates to sun saluation. My first devoted practice was in Ashtanga and so these cycles are what I fall back on. I love saluting the sun, it opens all the major joints of the body, connects the breath to your movement and I find myself instantly transported to a place of peace. Once I was warmed up I let my body guide my practice and found I was very stiff from teaching three classes yesterday. That’s one of the things that so great about a daily morning practice, you can wake up jammed, move and free up your body and mind and really then be prepared for the day. Of course, I do not attempt any of this without coffee.
My baby woke up before I was finished. I had contemplated not doing my last few poses but yesterday when I didn’t do my savasana (again because said baby woke up) I could feel my body vibrating for hours. One of my first teachers, Paul Dallaghan, stressed the importance of a good savasana to bring the body back into balance after a practice. We are often eager to jump ship once all the hard work is done, but in doing so we forget to reap what we sow. With that all in mind I decided that she could play while I did my wheels, headstand, shoulderstand, plough and savasana. What amazed me was that she laid there and just watched for a good 20 minutes. Although I normally, being a working mom, feel guilty when I’m not interacting with her when she’s awake; in this instance I realized that she could watch me do yoga. She could watch me do yoga and in fact start to learn one of the greatest things I can teach her…the art of self-care.