One of my favourite ways to welcome in a new year would be....
...with a lovely skein of lace weight handspun made from BFL/silk combo hand painted by Widdershin Woolworks. Rumour has it that this particular fleece was purchased after my vow to not buy any more fleece until a good percentage of my current stash, I mean, inventory is used up. Well, rumours are ugly things so don't you believe it. Instead, delight in its beauty and soft sheen. This little baby will be in my etsy shop either today or tomorrow. It would make a stunning shawl, if you are of the shawl making persuasion. There may be a slight whiff of dishonesty that hovers over this particular skein but I assure you that any suffering that may result in consequence will be all mine to bear. To you, it will be pure heaven.
Despite all signs that the apocalypse is upon us, I feel quite optimistic for this year. We have our upcoming trip to New Mexico where we will finally meet the wonderful Carol, Martie, Monty and Ani. I will begin an advanced yoga teacher training program (in the Desikachar tradition for those who need to know such things) starting in March. Also in March, I am attending a workshop with Kino MacGregor, one of ashtanga yoga's best known teachers and center of the now-famous short-shorts controversy.
(Warning: more yoga talk ahead!)
Speaking of ashtanga yoga, it is time once again to set my goals for improving one or two asana in the primary series that I find particularly challenging. Those with 365-day long memories might recall that the 2011 asana were bhuja pindasana and sirsasana. How did it go? Well, my bhuja pindasana is much improved. In Janaury 2011, I was still very scared to actually get my head to the floor and getting back up was more fantasy than reality. (I wasn't even thinking about jumping into the pose from ardho mukha/downward facing dog- 365 days isn't that long!) Today, I easily get my head to the floor. Getting back up remains a challenge on many days but I am slowly improving my control so that I don't land on my bottom. Or face. Moving into bakasana is still nearly impossible but partly because I have never actually done bakasana successfully on its own let alone coming out of an asana that leaves me slightly stunned. As for my dear, dear sirsasana, we have become good friends in the way that friends know all your joys and sorrows, highs and lows, noble intentions and base faults. In December, 2011, I even tried it in the center of the room. And it only took me two years to get to this place! Sirsasana and I, we go way back.
For 2012, I am sticking with sirsasana. We are too close now to abandon each other. And I will focus on kukkutasana. My goal is to simply to be able to lift my lead bottom off the mat, even if by a millimeter. Who will measure that millimeter remains to be seen.
So there you have it.
Enter 2012. Welcome!