Serendipity. Really my life has been serendipitous recently. I could not sell my couch so I posted it again on Craigslist with my bed. I got a call half an hour later and sold it to a women who needed it for her daughter who just moved into her first apartment. She found it in the AUTOMOTIVE section where it was accidentally sent to.
MyLinda, the owner of Altamonte Springs Yoga invited me to go to one of her 3 week series. The series was yoga for back and neck. I have had some neck problems for a few months, I think caused by too many vinyasa in a bad posture. I have learned since to use my knees for chaturanga. I kept worrying I would never be able to get farther in Yoga because I cannot do a single chaturanga off my knees. But, since it was the weekend of my garage sale and I had been sleeping on the loveseat while my parents were visiting combined with my stiff neck, it was nice to have a back and neck class.
I went to class and saw a Facebook friend I had met at a yoga class a month or two prior. It is nice to meet people of similar thoughts. And it was really an amazing class. I realized I was not keeping my shoulders spread out. It is not enough to keep my shoulders out of my ears, I have to keep the shoulder blades apart. The class was almost entirely about stretching the shoulders. It was amazing.
This was Sunday, the serendipity started Monday. On Monday we started Warm and Slow a little late because Julie talked about the proper alignment for downward facing dog and how the shoulder are wide. It was putting what MyLinda had been talking about Sunday to good use. It was also interesting that I had recently asked Juliette and Lee about the proper alignment for down dog. I was not sure if the line should be straight or arced with shoulders through the arms. Well that is much harder to do with the shoulders held wider. At first my shoulders hated me for this. Every time I went into down dog I had to reevaluate and move my shoulders into proper position. Then I realized this is how my shoulders should be in plank too. Suddenly plank had so much more strength coming from the shoulders and no pull on my neck or elbows.
I am still experimenting with plank, I have not really gotten into a lot of no knee planks yet. But, my knee planks feel much more stable. Hopefully this will translate well for me. It is much harder to do down dogs this way, but I am going to assume that is just my muscles getting used to this extra work.
For now, I am settling in to my new place, until Saturday, then the owner comes back. It is a good prep for learning to travel and take what accommodations come cheaply. It is odd being in someone’s home, but it once I decided I needed to just get used to it, I did. I am comfortably sitting on the couch drinking a bottle of Pinot Grigio, watching Limitless on her Netflix, and trying not to mess up her incredibly clean house. It is in a nice place with lots of shops and restaurants and has parking and high lofted ceilings. It is nice to feel somewhat settled this fast. Moving into a furnished place is almost like living on vacation in a vacation rental. Only, I have to go to work on Monday. Let’s see how fast I get used to settling in again someplace new next week when she comes home for a week.