I’ve begun to notice changes in my body during my yoga practice. For instance, last night when I was in Warrior II, I was able to move my shoulder blades closer together and further apart independent from my pose. My arms felt lighter and more free. A month ago, my shoulders and scapula seemed to be one solid block of bone and muscle — roughly the equivalent of a clinched fist. I’ve commented here before, about getting really fatigued in Warrior II because I seemed to be fighting against myself as well as gravity.
There are other small changes that I’ve discovered. To prevent myself from trying too hard, I used props as supports (a block under my hand in Half Moon, for instance) so that I did not go too far. I’ve tried to remove those artificial benchmarks and explore where my body takes me know. I’ve been surprised. Last night, I skipped the block in Half Moon and accepted the balance with my hand to the floor.