Today’s early early class was wonderful. I got up with very little resistance despite the (still horrifying) early hour. I used to think that I had better classes in the afternoon or evening. Which, I guess, is sometimes true. But lately I am finding that the earlier I get on my mat, the better. Even when early means, yeah.. 5:30 am. early.

I am really going to miss Cynthia when she leaves. Her classes have totally changed the way I practice. I find her really encouraging and very detailed. I appreciate the fact, too, that she seems to know just when to give direct instruction.

Last night I mentioned breakthroughs and I wanted to expound on that a bit. Yesterday evening was the very first time I have held my foot in Dandayamana Janushirasana – Standing Forehead to Knee. Isn’t Joseph lovely?? Anyway, I’ve had some ummm.. issues even reaching my foot to do the set up for the ENTIRE two plus years I have been practicing. But last night and also this morning, I was able to pick it up. Now, I know for a LOT of people that’s not a big deal. But for me, it was monumental, I wanted to cry. I was so happy, I almost stopped and started laughing. I’ve only gotten the right one so far and it’s a struggle to hold it with the left leg locked. But dammit if it didn’t feel good to see such a breakthrough after all this TIME! My other exciting news was that I am now able to hold my Floor Bow in the right position!!! That means my thighs are UP off the floor and my knees are much closer together. This is HUGE for me since not even five days ago my thighs were flat on the floor. I feel like I am having major “lightbulb” moments with these postures. Seems my stubborn body can change afterall.

This weekend is going to be FULL of yoga. I’ve got class tomorrow morning then a double on Sunday including Advanced with Cynthia. I haven’t had Advanced in a few months. But I am excited to see where my body is now. I’ve been practicing some of the Advanced postures before and after class and I am anxious to see how it goes in actual class. Plus, the bonus?? Advanced counts as 2 classes on the challenge! Yay!

I made a conscious effort today to lay off the water. WOW what a difference it made. I had ZERO nausea and felt actually MUCH better when class was over. I’m still not ready to give it up for good, but I am taking steps.

Almost a full week in. Can’t believe!

See you again soon!