So before I get into the vegan challenge, let’s talk yoga. Did you know that USA Yoga recently updated their information about how they score advanced postures? It’s very helpful to see. I am so happy they did that. It’s going to help me make decisions about my routine.
Anyways, that list says that my beloved mountain is worth nine points. NINE! That means it is super difficult. Now I feel better at not being able to master it right away. I will continue to work on it and see where I get, but this could take awhile (and by awhile I mean years).
I used the list to think about where I am currently at in my practice and what postures I am ready and willing to start developing. The willing part is important. I think you need to love the advanced postures you pick for your routine. I don’t want to learn a posture I don’t enjoy.
Right now, I’m leaning towards lifting lotus and upward stretching. I was amazed to see that upward stretching is worth seven points. I managed to get it to a decent (not seven point) level in only a month before competition. Ok, you won’t think that if you watch my video, but trust me it was pretty decent outside the actual competition. So I’m going to keep up with that one.
I wanted my second advanced posture to reflect strength. I am already working on lifting lotus, and I love the posture, so I’m sticking with that. Crow is worth one more point that lifting lotus. Whoop-de-do. I love lifting lotus more. Conflict resolved. I’m way more interested in spending my time on lifting lotus than I am on crow right now. Of course if I can work up a good mountain I’m tossing lifting lotus right out the window. 🙂
As far as my vegan challenge goes, I am in a good place today. I feel like I had a breakdown yesterday that was necessary and good. Today, it feels like I have crossed over a hump, and that’s a good thing! I’m also not feeling as tired and class was pretty good today. My postures were kind of crappy, but I felt good. I didn’t feel like I was being beaten down in the room which is how I have felt since the vegan challenge started. I think I might be turning a corner.
The other thing I realized is that I am not having food cravings. Even last night, when Mark asked me what I wanted, I wasn’t actually craving anything. Yes, I enjoyed my blue cheese. Yes, I miss blue cheese. But I am not craving it. It used to be that I would crave food on a regular basis and you know what I realized tonight? Everything I craved was something that had an animal product in it. It’s very interesting that my food cravings have dropped. I get hungry, but I don’t crave particular kinds of food (except maybe my beloved Spread!).
Also, the other thing I realized is that being a vegan is freaking hard but might be worth it.
Tonight’s dinner luckily was not a disaster. It was easy. I have some bags of bombay potatoes that are for emergency use only. This was one of those times. Mark made it, and it turned out just fine.
It’s not going to rock your world or anything, but it gets the job done and was a whole lot better than anything I’ve made lately.