Let me tell you, feeling overwhelmed and disappointed at all I did not accomplish was not a good mindset to go to sleep in. I really should have done something to clear my mind before bed. The result was that I ended up having an unsettled night's sleep and had bad dreams all night too. Boy, if that isn't an indication that my mind was trying to work through some stuff then I don't know what is!
RISE Day 8
I honestly cannot even remember which RISE practice I did this morning. It was a day when I really need to have some space and quietness to quiet my mind and process through some things. That was not to be the case though. About a minute into my practice my daughter woke up and came and sat on the couch watching me. Typically I don't mind when my kids join me. However, this day my daughter also woke up on the wrong side of the bed and just sat there with a dark cloud over her. Two grumpies in one room does not equal peace and tranquility.
This is how life is though sometimes. We may have good intentions and life just gets in the way. There were so many things I could have done different that morning that may have ended with me feeling peaceful. Actually, there were so many things I could have cone different starting Saturday morning to set myself up for success to begin with. And there were different moments along the way where I could have made different choices that would have resulted in a more positive outcome. But, I didn't.
Some times we have all the tools, know how to use those tools, and still do not use them. Why? I don't know. Maybe because we're human. Or just because we all mess up. Or perhaps we don't want to make the effort. Or maybe even we just want to be grumpy. I honestly don't know why we don't use the mental tools we have to solve our problems or make our lives easier. If I knew that answer, I'd probably be a kazillionaire.
On to the RISE practice of the day...
Foundations of Yoga Day 7
Since I did not have time to complete my foundations practice the day before, I did them today. The foundations for Day 7 were "Runner's Lunge", "Downward Facing Dog" or Adho Mukha Svanasana, and "Down Dog to Lunge Transitions". I waited a little while between my RISE practice and my foundations practice. I had a chance to talk seem with my husband which helped.
Last pose I worked on was the Down Dog to Lunge Transitions. This video is very helpful, as this is a fairly common transition. Adriene does a great job explaining how to move through the transition gracefully by engaging the whole body and shifting forward. It is more about the body shifting forward and the leg just happens to come along. I used to sling my leg front to plant it into the lunge and I still did not have my foot planted where I wanted it. Adriene's tip about thinking of it has a whole body movement was a big help for me. It was good to go back to this video and be reminded of this.
If you have not done this video on the transitions or have not done it in a while, go work though it today. It is only 12 minutes and is super helpful!