September 25, 2013 § 12 Comments
My mother and sister came to visit two weeks ago, our first guests, which meant accelerating our unpacking schedule to turn our third bedroom into an actual guest room and not a storage facility. We sold our queen-sized guest bed in favor of thick, Japanese-style futons that can be trotted out or packed away when not in use, freeing up the space to be used as a yoga/meditation room the rest of the time. We’re still figuring out our morning routines, and because we only have one car at the moment, it’s been a little stressful to get to the studio every morning for the husband to fit his practice in with sufficient time leftover to get his coffee and hop on the shuttle to work. At the same time, I’ve found myself drawn towards the quiet nature of a home practice the past few weeks. The Mysore program at our studio has practically exploded in recent months with an average of 30-35 students every morning, which is just awesome, but it’s also left me craving for a quieter space to practice in. I don’t know if this is just a phase or a sign of things to come, but home practice is proving mighty interesting right now.
This morning was the first time we practiced together at home and it was just lovely. Much more enjoyable than practicing all on my own, that’s for sure. I handed him a towel to bind in Supta Kurmasana while he hung out nearby to assist me in dropping back and standing up. At our studio we have a stack of 6 styrofoam blocks, each about 2 inches thick, that are velcroed together and can be (noisily) removed to reduce its height and bring you closer to the floor. I’ve graduated from 6 to 4 blocks, but at home, short of constructing this, I’m using a rattan basket that’s about 10 inches tall instead. The tricky part is graduating from that to the floor, as it’s a pretty big difference. Maybe I need to swap out the baskets for a stack of blankets? Or pile of books? Or just go back to the studio and their styrofoam blocks! If you’ve had any experience with working through dropping back and standing up with props I’d love to hear it.