I’ve attended three “big” Ashtanga events that have required a little extra thought, effort and preparation.
The first trip to Mt. Shasta with Tim Miller. Going to Maya Tulum with Tim, a year ago. Last summer’s return to Shasta.
Yes, yes, very Tim heavy. I know.
But the point is for each I prepped myself, Tulum especially. Six-day-a-week practice, no exceptions. Extra focused, extra careful, extra tough so I’d be ready for practice every day plus the added teacher training parts.
I’d planned to do the same for the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence, which now is just a month off.
Ain’t gonna happen.
I’ve just looked at my February, and it involves at least two — and maybe three — overnight trips. I’ve got six and possible more early morning calls lining up that will not enable a full practice, unless I started earlier than I’m capable of doing — and then, doing it at home.
In fact, looking at the calendar and the schedule, it may be a month where I’m forced to practice at home. (Still trying to determine this over the next week.)
Anyway I slice it, February isn’t lending itself to lots of focused Ashtanga.
Now, this isn’t my whining. It’s not supposed to be, anyway. It’s thinking out loud and seeking wisdom and advice.
The basic question: How best can I get myself prepared for the first weekend of March? Despite my jokes about avoiding Richard Freeman, I do want to “get my money’s worth.”
I’ve done home practice before. I know I can do it. And I’ve practiced in the tight spaces of a hotel room. But I’ve also found that the deeper — especially physically — practices haven’t come at home. They’ve come in a heated space with plenty of room to stretch out.
Home practices, typically, have been placeholders. But I’m thinking for the next month (at the least) they are going to have to be moments to propel my practice forward.
I ask this knowing that there are a lot of folks for whom home practices are all they have. And they may have smaller, colder, less Ashtanga-friendly spots in their homes than I do. (It isn’t sympathy I’m seeking, on other words.)
I also ask it while recognizing the inherent push-pull of seeking to “advance” the practice; but I’m going to assume you know what I mean. I want to feel at my best, physically and … however else, in order to take the most advantage of the Confluence.
It looks like it’s going to be a bit tougher than I’d expected. Which I suppose I ought to accept as a first step.
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