I’ve not had a chance to get back to yoga since Wednesday and today I caught the Sunday “make-up” class which is led by a different teacher, Leah. It was probably ideal for me to get back in the saddle: very accessible, fairly slow, and not going beyond those pesky balancing poses.
Additionally Leah has a fairly different approach from Amanda, and seems to have lower expectations of us. She used a lot of half-poses which were far more accessible, and then once you’ve found your balance you can move into the full pose — or not. It took so much pressure off me, to be able to just stay in these easier versions of the poses that tend to destabilise me both physically and mentally.
I’m thinking of keeping this Sunday morning class as a permanent feature; it’s low-key, quite relaxing, and I liked Leah’s methods. I will have Tuesday and Thursday mornings with Amanda still, but I plan to integrate these half-poses (if Amanda lets me…) in places where I usually get upset, like the twist-lunge and of course my nemesis utthita hasta padangusthasana (there has GOT to be an easier and faster way of naming that pose!).