DAY 88: Releasing Old Patterns.

Author: Heather Molina /

From the first time I practiced this yoga, I had quirks and habits in class.

  • My mat had to be in a certain spot in the back row, towards the right side.
  • I had to have a hand towel to wipe my hands and face throughout class.
  • I wore pants, a sports bra and light-weight tee or tank top.
  • Fall out of Standing-Head-to-Knee after about 25 seconds of holding my feet.

This evolved, after about two years to...
  • Front row mat-placement. Left side.
  • Still rocked yoga pants. Only strictly with a tank top.
  • Had to have a Vitamin Water immediately following class.
  • Fall out of Standing-Head-to-Knee after about 25 seconds of holding my feet.
Two years and five months into my practice...
  • Shorts and a sports tank.
  • No Vitamin Water. Replaced with coconut water.
  • Moved mat anywhere and everywhere that I could find a spot.
  • Fall out of Standing-Head-to-Knee after about 25 seconds of holding my feet.
This past list is where I continue to reside in my practice, in terms of patterns and habits. I have
advanced in all of my postures. Just not Standing-Head-to-Knee. Sure... There are moments when I can hold my leg the entire time. And I can always kick out. But I fall out after a few seconds of trying to stabilize.

This pose is the bane of my existence. And I would love nothing more than to get over whatever is holding me back and keeping me at my current progress state. I just don't know if I will be able to do it before the challenge ends.

Releasing old patterns may take my whole life.


Michelle Marie said...

Thanks, Missus! My own practice patterns have been on my mind lately. I'm not against all habits.

I went into class this morning with nothing to drink. This is the first time I've ever done this in the 9 months I've been practicing.

I never got thirsty during the 90 minutes. I think this is because I stay so hydrated the rest of my day.

However, I had massive sugar cravings for about 45 minutes. I think I have been gulping water when I am really just craving sugar. This was interesting to learn.

On a tangent, Ayurvedic medicine says that we should always drink room temp water so as not to shock our organs when we drink and lessen their functioning.

I have always wondered about whether it is counterproductive to get so hot for 90 minutes and work the organs, yet drink cold water at the same time. The cold water would inhibit the detox process you are "killing yourself for" those 90 minutes.

thedancingj said...

@ Michelle Marie: You are right! Ice water = no good. Room temperature water is perfect. :)

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