I felt pretty good about myself this morning, besides that fact that I almost didn't make it to the Mysore room. I stopped the alarm when I was supposed to wake up instead of snoozing it. By the time I woke up, 20 minutes has passed. Anyway, I made it to the class.
I dropped 16:8 diet plan and did 12:12 instead, which actually worked out pretty well for me. I didn't get hungry during my practice, and was able to focus on my breath and the movement. I was given a new pose, Kapotasana, today. I knew this pose and have seen many yogis doing it in the room, but it was my first time doing Kapotasana. I was excited and worried at the same time. It is not an easy pose, which requires opening shoulders, backs, strong quads, etc. My teacher slowly helped me to get into the pose. And yes, it was a very deep back bend as expected but not prepared for it.
What I like so much about yoga is that I always find things new to learn and to work on even for the same pose. Every practice is different. It shifts with the condition of the body and mind. It's amazing so find such deep and truly connection with my own body.
I've been wanting to try out 16:8 diet plan after hearing so many benefits from Yoga Talk Show by YOGABODY & Lucas Rockwood. 16:8 method is to eat within 8 hour window, and no eating for 16 hours. I finally gave it a shot that no food after 5PM until 9AM the next day, but I did drink water within 16 hour window.
I can't believe how hungry I was this morning during my Mysore practice. I was so hungry that my stomach started hurting. I had hard time engaging the core and bandhas about half way through the seated sequence in the Primary Series. I had to cut my practice short. I've given the pose up to Laghu Vajrasana in the second Series, but I stopped after finishing the Primary Series. I wonder if 16:8 diet plan just does work with my lifestyle or I am just not used to it. I hesitate to give it another try. I will start with 12 hours eating window for now.
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