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Yesterday’s practice was again a short sequence, this time based on Swenson’s 30 minute form again. I find that I like this sequene better than the YogaToday.com one (well, why am I not surprised) but sometimes there are days when I feel like following another person’s cues and breathing count.

Since I’m not very open in the hips (I think it’s because of how fast I walk when I commute), I try to focus more on the breath, bandhas, and not to pressure myself with the asanas that need more flexibility in the hips. It will come!

Today I woke up more than an hour late, and because of the paked day, I haven’t yet practiced. I’m planning to do a restorative class or slow flow later this evening. For now, I must write my thesis!

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I woke up a bit late, and did the 30 minute shortened sequence (“Primary Express”) from YogaToday.com that I mentioned two weeks back. I felt happy just to be able to get on the mat and get to the closing asanas.

After savasana, I received a text message from a friend who lives in Zamboanga City (an hour and a half away from Manila by aeroplane, in the island of Mindanao). It was about one of our friends, D., who was our batchmate from JVP.

D. had been diagnosed with lung cancer this May–a rare and aggressive form of the disease. D., the text message read, feels like she’s going soon. Two courses of chemo and the tumor is still growing, says her doctor.

D. is just 27, a year older than me.

I’m very frustrated because I feel like there’s not much I can do (save for pray and send good thoughts and feelings her way), and it’s that sense of helplessness that gets me.

On the other hand, I look at D.’s life and how full it is, how well-lived, how much she gave of herself to her family, friends, the people she worked with as a development worker–and I find I am so inspired too. That despite her 27 years she’s touched and continues to touch so many people’s lives.

It inspires me to live my life to the full, to touch as many lives as I can, to serve as well as I can.

Because we never know when we leave this earth–we have ultimately no control over that–but we know and are in control of what kind of world we can leave behind with our passing.

-Hey, self! I thought you were going to blog everyday?

-I know! I’m sorry! I promise to be more regular in my posts!

-You’d better be! I thought this was going to be a long-term commitment, not just a ningas cogon* thing.

That is my present internal dialogue. I’m not beating myself up about it–if there’s something that ashtanga and the past couple of years of my life have taught me, it is compassion for the self–but I’m also practicing/habituating myself ย in keeping promises. So this is just me, gently reminding myself about my promises. Hehe. On to the practice accounts!

Day 9, Wednesday

Practiced the full standing and seated sequence, with modifications (still) for the poses I can’t yet do the full expression of. I found that if I just focus on my breath, I can work up a very intense sweat. By the time navasana came around, my entire body was covered with a thin sheen of sweat. Times like these make me happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 10, Thursday

Practice followed David Swenson’s 30 minute short form, which I’ve decided to copy down here to help me memorize the sequence–I had to interrupt my flow at some points because I forgot the next asana. Hehe.

3 Surya Namaskara A

3 Surya Namaskara B

Padangusthasana

Utthita Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana

Virabdrasana A & B

Dandasana

Paschimottanasana A

Janu Sirsasana A

Marichyasana A & C

Navasana

Urdvha Dharunasana

Padmasana

Savasana

Day 11, Friday

I love Fridays. I get to practice full standing and seated on Fridays. Yay.

One thing that I’ve noticed out of doing this daily is how I need to build strength in certain areas of my body over others. In vinyasas/surya namaskaras, I’m reminded how much of my upper body needs to build up strength, mainly in my arms and in the bandhas. In navasana and some of the standing poses, in the meantime, I feel muscles in my inner thighs that I never knew I had.

Day 12, Saturday

Got home late Friday night. Saturday morning was hectic. No time even for vinyasa or stretching. Got home late.

Day 13, Sunday

No energy! I woke up at 11am, three full hours later than I usually wake up on Sundays. I decided to respect my body, and took Sunday easy. No practice, but took a walk and a lovely nap ๐Ÿ™‚

*ningas cogon: a Filipino idiom, literally “bush/grass fire.” The idiom describes people/passions/interests that begin burning brightly but burn out quickly.

Today, I’ve had to come to terms with time and my relationship to it. Especially my awareness of its passage.

The past week I’ve tended to sleep late, 11 in the evening being the earliest time I’ve hit the sack. This is not sustainable for me if I want to have a full practice in the morning, and still have enough time to eat breakfast and go to work.

Much as I hate compromising, I also need to be real. And right now, being real is acknowledging that I’m ย not getting enough sleep.

My plan for the meantime: sleep more, and practice David Swenson’s 30 mnute short form.

Which is what I did this morning, just omitting the invversoins. Today was my period’s last day–just in time! I miss my salamba arvaghsana ๐Ÿ™‚

(By the way, today’s photos are the view of the window in my room, as seen from my mat, and my list of the asanas in David Swenson’s 30 minute short form. :D)