Mildly dissatisfying yoga class, only then it all came good in the last fifteen or twenty minutes--I feel they must cunningly plan it this way, it is very annoying.
We got started fifteen minutes late, which always annoys me--I am excessively punctual!--a substitute teacher, she was good but we were working on very micro-type stuff which led me to muse distractingly for a stint in the middle about how I was feeling as though I was going to an art class every week where I was presented with a huge appealing blank tract of paper and then given a very fine black pen and told that I could only draw in one inch-square chunk of the thing. But indeed then when we got at the very end of the class to triangle pose I could see that these tiny adjustments having to do with opening up the back and rotating the thigh (there was way too much of this work with the feet, opening up the toes and seeing how it makes a certain line of muscle spring into life along the calf, I am not good with this stuff!) had made me see more about the pose than I have all these times before.
I'm not sure quite what to do about this yoga discontentment. Partly I'm missing my old teacher, his style exactly suited me; partly, I think, I'm simply not doing it enough to really get as much as I can out of it. (And I am not really tempted to do it more, both because I'm more attracted to other stuff and because I think it is actually very intense and I still blame my stress fracture last year on--other than my own personality, which is really what should be held accountable!--excessive yoga as much as excessive ramp-up in run distance. Either one by itself would probably have been fine, but together--and with lowish-calorie diet--it was fatal...)
These yoga teachers want you to have (oh, dear, I am more irritable than I realized about this) a 'practice' at home (this word always lurkingly annoys me with its pretensions, it's just not me...); I wonder if this is at all feasible? I can't say I feel inspired. Hmmm, will muse on this--my cyclist friend R. is very persuasive on the subject of yoga being indispensable for cyclists, and I do not think substituting a second gym session instead of yoga is really the same thing. Maybe I just need to start going back down to the Iyengar Association for a class or two and see if I can find who the best teacher for me will be now that my favorite couple of 'em are both gone...
(Also my yoga mat has been converted to mat-underneath-bicycle-trainer.)