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Still at the standby position

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Yup, you got it — feet on the floor, spine straight, chin tucked in, breathe. Repeat for 20 minutes.

My left shoulder is still a little wonky and I’m maintaining it with the stretches from my massage therapist. I am, however, amazed by how difficult it is to get me to get down to the chair and just sit for the 20 minutes. I fiddle and I procrastinate and I move around in circles.

I’m finding it a little amusing to watch myself going through this routine. I spend more time trying to avoid practice than I would doing the practice. Typical of me really. Again, one simply surrenders to the faith that it’s the abiding practice, Abyhasa, that cultivates the fruit of practice over time. Do it and let go of the results.

Tonight I’m meeting up with my crew — most of the women I graduated from Yoga Teacher’s Training and our teacher — are getting together for a social gathering tonight. Kathryn is fresh back from two weeks working with her teacher, Claude Maréchal, so we’re looking forward to getting the news from that front. Mostly, we’ll be looking at what our next phase of teacher’s training is going to look like. I know she’s been working closely with Claude to put together the package to bring us to the 500 hr training standard. Last I heard, we’re going to start some intensive work on Pranayama which I’m looking forward to starting very much. I’m an asthmatic so I’m “behind” as far as Pranayama development goes.

Okay, first off, that last sentence was just stupid. That’s my goal-oriented brain talking crap again.  I’m not “behind”. I’m right where I should be . What I’m trying to say is that because I’m asthmatic, it’s taken a long time to become comfortable with any of the  Pranayama practices and I haven’t really worked on any type of ratio breath. My breath pattern has changed. I now have a retention phase where probably for my entire life I went from inhale to exhale/suspension.

Actually, that’s not correct either. When I smoked cigarettes, I certainly retained my inhale — forever and 10 minutes. Since I quit smoking, the retention phase of breath went away. Overall, a good trade, I think.  I’m so grateful to be done with that freaking racket. One addiction down — now to start working on the others!!

Work for another day, I think. The journey continues.

Thanks for reading and Namaste,



About Kate MacKay

I'm a certified Viniyoga teacher, in Fredericton, NB. I was a 9-1-1 operator and emergency services dispatcher for 22 years. Surprisingly, the two worked well together, or as I liked to put it, from the sublime to the ridiculous -- all in a day's work. I'm currently off work as a result of a stress-induced cardiac condition that's thrown a few crimps in my lifestyle. I'm not actively teaching yoga in the classroom right now and probably won't for several more months. That said, this blog is one of the forms of practice I can do and I thank you for joining me in this exploration of all things yoga.

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