I have been waking up sore and feeling exhausted the past two days. I am feeling really sore and the sore throat returned last night. I got right on the mat mid-day though, thinking I’d breeze through. Instead, I had a lot of trouble with balance. I actually stubbed my toe–very hard–in one of the sun salutations. Ouch! Then in standing forward fold, while standing on my own hands (so I could never catch myself) I almost fell forward crashing into our entertainment center.
I sort of slinked softly through the rest of the poses trying not to disturb my equilibrium. Something about the practice being my prayer, I think, threw me. If this was to be my prayer, I could no longer zip through, rushing, and pounding. I HAD TO SLOW DOWN. I had to be present. My thoughts can wander a million different ways. This was becoming physically precarious. I gently allowed my body to feel its way through the rest of the poses. I lay in shavasana (corpse pose) once before the end of the practice. I finished the practice and promptly fell asleep in shavasana.
I feel whole. I connected some inner circle. Patient, on the earth. I remember reading in a Tai Chi book : “Breath, feel the earth, do nothing extra.” Yes.