After a class at the Institute, I noticed a clipboard with the following sheets. As you can see, it’s A LOT of inversions. For the past couple weeks, I’ve been trying the morning and evening exercises in lieu of my yoga-off-day running routine and, so far, I feel great. I think the main takeaway for me is that it opened my eyes to new achievable goals. For example, the longest headstand I had been doing is seven minutes with the eventual goal of gradually getting to ten minutes, but the instructions indicate a five-minute headstand plus ten-minute sirsasana cycle in the morning and a ten-minute headstand at night–I have successfully achieved the ten-minute headstand for the first time, and by breaking the ten-minute psychological barrier, I know I can go even further. Similarly, I have succeeded in the suggested sarvangasana times.
While I have found it difficult to make time for the long morning session every day (especially if I go to sleep too late to get up early enough), I’m not fussed if I need to do an abbreviated session. I have been able to faithfully do the evening session, and I can feel and see improvement in my practice.
I guess there’s medical evidence connecting inversions to immunity system boosting. For me, it’s not really an issue. That sheet of paper has given me new insight into my practice, and I feel improvement physically and mentally. What was most surprising to me is in how much better shape my body is getting as opposed to when I was diligently running–my mindset was that shape was related to the cardiovascular workout running was giving me, but I guess that two hours of yoga a day really gets you there
Yoga is a constant learning and living process, and I feel like that sheet of paper has opened another door to the process for me…