I think I’ve managed to get my new session in manageable shape. Samasthiti (equal standing posture) is the principle posture for this session and I’m making a real effort to focus on feet and grounding.
My error from last session was not treating Samasthiti as a “real” posture, complete with need to warm up and prep the body. This time I started with Samasthiti but didn’t hold it very long (6 breaths) and went into a sequence of standing postures to limber up the back, hips and hamstrings.
Then I took Samasthiti as the principle posture, holding it for an extended period of time. I didn’t count the breaths, just paid attention to the various parts of my body and how they interacted in this posture.
A few counter postures concluded the session and I used one last go at Samasthiti as the last posture. If I hadn’t been heading out to work, it would have been a perfect transition into a walking meditation.
I’m going to leave this session as it stands right now. I think I’ll revisit it this session and layer some chanting over it. I’d also like to experiment with some chant and/or mantra work. The next session I’d like to work on will be centred on the seated twist.
I’m really enjoying this session. I need the feeling of grounding and returning to a sense of center after this spring. I really feel a sense of things settling around me. I’ve started working on my course for the fall. I’m feeling really confident about how things are working out.
More importantly, for me, I enjoyed constructing the session. As I was undergoing my teacher’s training, I really struggled with session construction, and frequently fell short of where I wanted to go. These days, I’m working on my own schedule and it’s a much more enjoyable process.
Thanks for reading,