And, was my practice stable this week?
Well, yes. I guess.
I practiced Sunday and Tuesday to Friday. I skipped Monday because I was staying at my friend's house to take care of her cat while she was away for a few nights and I needed to clean her apartment before she returned. Is this a good excuse to skip practice? No, not really. I could have done the cleaning the evening before. What is the real reason I didn't practice on Monday? Because I drank wine on Sunday and I gave myself the morning off. So, there it is.
I am still practicing Bhujapidasana. Of course I am practicing all the other asanas as well (I mean, all is still a practice - even the Surya Namaskars, even if I did them already a thousand times in my life - and all will remain nothing but a practice), but Bhuja is my last asana. Some days I can pull my feet in and keep my balance for five breaths. I cannot pull my feet in and put my chin on the ground. Someday. Maybe. The teacher took a moment after he helped me with Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana to tell me that I have to turn my hips forward in my standing position (also in Samasthiti, he said and I replied by: 'Or maybe all day long?' 'Just do what you can,' he said), since my lower back is a bit arched.
On Thursday evening, I met two friends for tea. I met this new guy R., who is a friend of my friend M. He told us he was dangerously close to burnout from working crazy hours in a company which was almost bankrupt.
'You have to try yoga,' I answered.
'First I am going to Sri Lanka in a few weeks. Hopefully I'll return relaxed. Then I am going to decide what I am going to do with my life.'
I told him I just quit my corporate job to go work at my yoga school.
'Big change for you then,' he said.
My friend M. was also experiencing a big change. She is in a steady relationship for the first time in her life. And our other friend D. recently changed her life in this other direction: she decided to divorce her husband of twenty years.
'What is this?' I asked. 'Is this the year of change? Is 2017 the year of transition?'
The four of us could not deny it.