well, today started off with it being a hit or miss for weather. And, apparently, it is a hit. That being said, my body is apparently not working for me today, unlike the weather. I have now been in off season for 4 weeks. I have 2 to go, before training starts up again. and, what have I been doing?
well, i have been doing yoga. i have been commuting on bike. I have been african dancing. I have been hiking. I have taken naps, and slept in during the mornings. I have been being a little more relaxed with eating, and just giving my body a chance to take a deep breath out. a deep sigh.
i have been doing yoga on a fairly consistent basis over the past few weeks. and, i like yoga. i have done yoga on and off for about 4 years. I have had instructors comment on how they "can tell that i use my body a lot." i have had them comment that they like that i listen to my body, and meet it where it is at. i have had them "trick" me into taking hatha yoga, instead of power yoga, to teach me to slow down and challenge myself in a new way. Because frankly, i do sports that make me GO. I like to go fast. I like to go long. and, i sure like the feeling of doing things that get my blood pumping.
but yoga (much like bixi bikes) slows me down. And, i like that. And, normally, I can hit poses. i am not all that flexible, but I am also not terrible.
but today, i woke up, went to church, left, jumped on a bixi to go to yoga, and all of a sudden, my body felt like it was not mine. My heart felt like it was jumping out of my chest, and, my respirations were quick. and, this lasted through yoga. it was fricken hard today. and, i couldn't hit many of the poses. sure, it was a slightly more advanced class. but, my body was screaming.
so, what do you do? you let it scream. you let it not hit the poses, and you let it go simplier. don't push the poses, don't get frustrated. it is like that it life, sometimes, too. sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. and, when it doesn't just listen... listen to what your body, what the world, what god, what nature is trying to tell you.
sometimes it is just to slow down.