I also find myself viewing my practice, my classes and other students differently as I grow. For example, sometimes I find myself silently analyzing another student's yoga postures and compare their ability to mine. This has only begun to occur recently, as I've always struggled with almost each and every pose. Even child's pose was difficult. Now that some of the postures are coming more easily, I hear these small niggling "nyah nyah" thoughts in the back of my mind! I have to remember how far I've come and how far I have to go, Humility needs to be reinstated. (my quick Warrior II and DownDog)
Today was the perfect day to begin practicing non-attachment. I have been looking forward to another "Guerilla Yoga" experience since Saturday. Today will be the only warm day all week (mid-high twenties...celcius) and I was very excited to walk to the commons and practice with friends after work. My first lesson in letting go- the guys preferred practicing in the more private park. So off we went to Point Pleasant Park again, I decided to look forward to the beautiful ocean view from on top of the fort. However, we arrived and it was so windy even my heavy rubber mat was being lifted off the cement. Upon closer inspection, someone had broken a green Peller Estates tiny single wine bottle on top... Sigh. Beautiful tiny green sparkles threatened my feet and mat. So after a few pictures and gusts of powerful ocean wind, I climbed down and accepted yoga in mounds of worm poo.
Although the practice was less exhilirating, it became a more centered and calming practice. Camel and pigeon were easier on my knees and the wind still dipped through the grove. I felt strong and happy. We even had a few minute quiet meditative reflection at the end of our practice and the feel of the wind, the sound of the ocean and even the distant traffic sounds were more centering than any meditative music played during class (or quiet for that matter). (Andrew being weirded out cuz I wanted him in the picture in our actual yoga space below).
Today I practiced non-attachment surrounded by beauty I've vowed to try to protect.