I’m two-thirds of the way through 40 Days, and to be honest I’m actually surprised! It’s a lot more difficult this time around. My teaching schedule keeps me incredibly busy, and there are days when I have to choose between getting a stack of papers graded or going to yoga (and that’s not even factoring in the lesson planning and other grading I do, too). Unfortunately for my practice—but fortunately for my students—I tend to choose work instead, but I’ve been lucky to be able to have such a flexible schedule with regard to my own “homework.”
I have been loving the workshops this time around (just as I did before). It’s Week 5 as of my writing this, and I’ve just returned from a workshop on handstands. I didn’t get all the way up into one, but I have a better idea of the foundations for a handstand now. Week 3’s workshop was Detox & Cleanse—one I wanted to go to last 40 Days, but for some reason didn’t get to. I learned about cleanses in this workshop and got information about the breathe 3-day juice cleanse. (More on that in the next entry!) Best part of the workshop: when Cyndi had different participants read the long, complicated lists of ingredients on Power Bars and Slim Fast. Gross! During Week 4, I took a workshop on arm binds. I could do some of them, but I’m still working on the full bind for Bird of Paradise. I only began taking the full bind during side angle pose shortly after the last 40 Days, so it may be a while before I can get Bird of Paradise, too.
I don’t have too much to add this time around; mostly, I’ve just been trying to find the time to go to classes, get my work done at home, and maybe blog about 40 Days! My friend Amanda has been keeping me motivated by coming to class with me each week. Thanks, Amanda!
Some good news before I go: vinyasa teacher Bryan Kest is coming to Rochester next week on October 24 for a three-hour master class. I had signed up too late and wound up on the waiting list, but I got a call yesterday saying that there was a spot available! I’m so happy that I’ve had the opportunity to see Seane Corn, Baron Baptiste, and now Bryan Kest this year. (And I promise that the Baron Baptiste entry will appear here eventually.)
As Jon Stewart says on The Daily Show, “And now, your moment of zen”: