My psoai (plural of psoas muscle – and yes, I looked up what the plural of that word is) are killing me. Along with just about every muscle I knew I had, and some others that I was not aware existed. Holy moly. The more amazing part is probably that none of the soreness is bad soreness. It is all the good-sore that comes from a really great workout. 4 hours of yoga on Saturday, plus an hour of hula hooping, and 3 hours of advanced practice yoga on Sunday = Kate’s muscles are “wicked tired”. I went to a friend’s class tonight, which I knew would be calming, because I think my muscles would have shaken right off the bone if I tried my usual class.
So, Saturday was an open house at my favorite yoga studio (Shiva Shakti). The lineup was great – hula hooping (it is actually a great workout if you try to keep that crazy hoop moving), restorative yoga, 2 Anusara classes, and a short vinyasa class. I went into it kind of thinking, “each class is pretty short, so how crazy can it be?” I should know better. The two Anusara teachers are amazing at tailoring the class to be great for both beginners and advanced practitioners… so as usual I felt the need to push myself far. I was super excited, though. I don’t know if you remember one of my goals from when I first started teacher training. Basically I want to be able to do the full expression of dancer’s pose. I still cannot do that. However, I am slowly starting to pick away at non-standing versions of this pose, such as eka pana rajakapotasana. I can get one hand on the foot, and the foot up to my head. I will have this within the next 2 weeks or I will go crazy.
Then, on Saturday night, I taught a few of my friends, all pretty much beginners, a class. I love teaching, but it is definitely tougher when you know the people in the class, and especially when the class is at a non-standard location (aka my living room, as opposed to a yoga studio). It is just very weird, and conversation tends to disrupt the flow. Good practice for a community class, that’s for sure!
Sunday… what can I say about Sunday? If you ever get a chance to take a class with Charlotte Clews (http://wildopenheart.com/), do it. Do. It. In addition to an amazing advanced practice, centering on deep hip openers and arm balances, she gave us great advice about things to do to remain injury-free. These are the little tips and tricks I love. I never want to cause injury. She gave us great tips for wrist and shoulder health that I have never heard before. Unfortunately, it is really hard to explain in writing. I will try to figure it out, but for now, you will have to trust me.
All in all, an amazing weekend. I am sad it is over, but will take the things I have learned with me through this yogic journey. Namaste.