Over the past week I have felt very tired during the days. Whenever I start to feel tired, I try to do some yoga to see if it will invigorate me. It has worked! Inversions especially have been very helpful with making me feel like I have more energy. My goal is to reach behind and grab my legs. I tried to practice this pose at home, but I do not know how to practice the pose without props. Recently, I have realized that I'm not a huge fan of downward facing dog; I used to love this pose, but I now know that I was definitely not doing the pose correctly. I think this shows that I like poses I can do well. I should probably try to like poses because I enjoy doing those poses not because I can do them well. Anyways, I need to work on doing better downward facing dog, for my weight needs to be shifted more towards my legs and not my arms.
I can't believe we only have a few more classes left! I can't wait to learn more poses and practice yoga with our great class. I will definitely miss our class. Other yoga classes will not be the same.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
This week I tried to practice inversions more often. I think I can bunny hop into a headstand, but at the same time I think I use the wall to bunny hop. I don’t think I am capable of going into the middle of the room yet even though I really wish I was there. I did do lotus pose as I was doing a headstand. It was pretty fun! During class I realized that my balance is horrible. I have such a difficult time doing the poses in which we need good balance. It can be very frustrating. However, I realize that all of us have our strengths and weaknesses, and weaknesses are good because they show that we always will have something to work on. In class, I thought Warrior III pose was very tough. I could not get my standing leg to go straight without tipping over. However, I have practiced it a few times at home and found that I can actually do this pose for a few seconds before toppling over. I take that as an accomplishment! I will continue to practice all the balancing poses and hope that I’ll get better at them.
In The Bhagavad Gita, Krishna is portrayed as a teacher providing Arjuna with knowledge about how he should live out his life. Maybe sage would be a better word or mentor? Not really sure. In essence, a guiding figure. Krishna also seems to be all-knowing and a moral compass for Arjuna. Arjuna can ask Krishna questions, and Krishna will have a proper response. Krishna is also portrayed as a figure above all others, and the ultimate goal of all human beings is to reach fulfillment with Krishna. One of the most important descriptions of Krishna I took out of the reading was that he was the breath of life. He lives within each of us. I definitely see God in that way. I believe that God is present in each and every one of us. The Holy Spirit is described as the giver of life in the Nicene Creed. I believe that the Holy Spirit moves and breathes in each person, guiding individuals to holiness. Many times I will tell people that I see God's love in them. What I mean by this is that I can see God in them. People are reflections of God. We were made in the image and likeness of God. Our actions can reflect what God has planned for us. Of course we have free will and do things contrary to what God wants for us, but the things we do with God in mind show His love and presence in our lives.