Well, well, well.....Mermaid Pose is progressing......very little. I have been working on the pose, but I know now that I should have been doing so much more in the way of hip openers this whole month in order to have moved further along. Live and learn. Also, I am aware now that Mermaid Pose might be a bit down the road for me. I was just so ready to jump in and DO IT! But, I'll keep working on it, and when I nail it, I will post the most wicked Mermaid ever.
Real life has also been inserting itself into my practice over the last two weeks, as it tends to do. I had to move my mom to a new memory care community. Stressful? Sad? Self-Doubt Inducing? Yes. Yes. Yes. Then, that same day in the middle of it all, the phone call from school came to alert me that the event leading up to this happened:
My point is that I did not concentrate on my practice as I had wanted over the last week and a half. However, I did not give up and quit. Bigger for me is this: I did not stress about it. I did what I could. Some days, the real life stuff made me feel tired and off. On those days, I did a gentle flow or an easy run. Some days I knitted and read a book during my free minutes instead. And you know what? My balance has improved a little bit. I still feel a charlie horse coming on when I bend up my leg, and I don't know what that's all about. It's ok, because instead of getting very far on Mermaid Pose:
Headstand practice has made me feel calmer, and so I did more of that over the last 10 days or so. Then, last Sunday, in the middle of the school baseball field while my son kicked a soccer ball and my husband hit ground balls to my daughter, I did a headstand. And then another. Then I practiced handstands against the fence. I'm pretty sure I looked like a nut, but I didn't care. And that, my friends, is mindfully practicing yoga. <3