Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Morning Glory

So I am making a big effort to start practicing in the morning more! Right now, my schedule requires me to be at school at 10am on Mon/Wed/Fri, so the 7am Mon/Wed/Fri classes are perfect. When I started practicing, I basically worked nights, so I ALWAYS practiced in the "morning." And by morning, I mean noon. But those were the days when I ate dinner at 1am, so whatever.

Now "morning" means morning, as in getting up by 6am. It has been a long time since I did this!!

Schedule-wise, it is totally worth it, because I don't have to spend the whole afternoon stressing over whether I'll finish working in time to get to yoga class.

Practice-wise... ummm, I am just waiting for my internal clock to adjust. This morning was hilarious, because even 45 minutes into class, my body was just SO convinced that it was supposed to still be ASLEEP! Forget about balancing on one leg - I nearly fell over sideways out of TRIANGLE! Awesome. I also pretty much feel asleep DURING standing head to knee... I was in the middle of bringing my forehead down onto my knee and I saw the whole room kinda shift, like in a dizzy, falling-asleep way. Abort! Abort!

Yoga is still my favorite way to wake up. I just gotta start going to bed earlier...


hannahjustbreathe said...

I'm so jealous---I LOVE practicing in the mornings! Granted, you essentially have a completely different body if you practice anytime before noon. Stiffer, tighter, creakier. And that's tough.

But, one of my favorite teachers in DC used to tell me that's why a morning practice is SO good for you. Because you're working that much harder to open up, loosen up, let go, you're actually advancing your practice that much further, even if your body feels the opposite. I knew this to be true when I'd head to a random evening class and suddenly be two or three inches deeper in poses.

Of course, you don't want to be falling asleep while standing up. That could definitely be problematic when trying to nail standing bow pulling pose---one minute you're stretching, the next minute you're faceplanting. :)

thedancingj said...

Oh YES, TOTALLY true. :)

I was thinking about this again this morning, cause this was the first time since last Thursday that I DIDN'T practice before 9am, and at 10:30 I started getting a cramp in my back! Haha. Reprogramming: in progress!