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Practice today: 5 km run + 75 min samadhi yoga w/ Sarah Owen
Today's practice was exactly what I needed to help me feel strong enough to make decisions that would seem like I'm giving up. But I'm not giving up, I'm just changing the path. Sarah Owen has such a beautiful, calming presence and her classes are influenced by Yin Yoga. Sarah has studied with teachers such as Sarah Powers. Her classes tend to be slower and the poses are held for longer and I find that this really allows me to breathe into a pose and get down deeper than I normally would in a dynamic vinyasa sequence. I also really appreciated the time spent in meditation, and away from my home. I find the yoga studio a neutral place, a place to be objective. I have too many distractions at home right now, plus my cats like to do downward dog alongside me and jump all over me when I'm lying down. Their favourite pose is savasana where they sit on my chest and start "treading water", ouch!
I deferred ALL my subjects today. I have to admit that I took on too much this year and even though I don't necessarily think I have failed, I just can't keep up anymore. I can still attempt to finish all four subjects before Christmas, or choose to extend them for another term. But for now, there is no more exam tonight and I'm working from home. I can reassess what I'm going to do to hopefully make 2009 end on a happier note. What I'd really like for Christmas and the start of 2010 is for all my family and friends to have a break. A break from what 2009 has been for them. Of course 2009 has not been all bad, but I know we are all looking forward to a fresh start. The new year always inspires so much hope and renewed faith.