Today was the last day of the Christmas break. Tomorrow it's roll your sleeves up & back to school baby! Once again, it was a real treat to practice yoga during the daytime, at 11 am. Starting tomorrow I'll have to either go before work @ 6 am or after school @ 3:45. The trouble with waiting for 3:45 is that sometimes I get stuck @ school and can't make the yoga class. So it's an early bedtime & early yoga for me for the first day back.
I. was teaching today, lucky us! She always injects her classes with tips & inspirational words. Today's tip was about Standing Bow - to really place the forward shoulder against the chin. I thought I was already doing that but when the class tried after her demonstration, we all grew an inch and presto! better balance. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and a real live demo is even better!
Bikram teachers often have inspirational words during class. I should bring a pencil & paper to class to jot those ideas down because I can never remember them afterwards. Writing something down during class would be highly irregular and I wonder whether the paper would stay dry enough. Today's thought was F.I.P. The only way I was able to remember was by repeating this acronym in my head a number of times. I. says that the best way to improve postures is through:
1. Frequency of practice - It's true, it doesn't matter how long someone has been practising, it's how often they practice that makes the difference.
2. Intensity of practice - It's important to try hard, or else no changes will happen. Timely advice as I was wondering today whether I should decrease my efforts while practising everyday to make sure I don't overdo it.
3. Perspiration ... Actually, she said Persistence, but I thought Perspiration would be funnier. Persistence goes along with #1 & 2, as does Perspiration. Without Persistence there is no Frequency, Intensity or Perspiration.