I was so sore the first three days back I could scarcely believe how much harder yoga was on my body than cycling. I was completely stiff every morning, but dragged my body to class, got warmed up in
the heat and eked through the postures. I have become stronger, so the postures that require leg strength, standing head to knee and my beloved awkward pose, are solid. But I have become much less flexible and my balance is shoddy.
Finally, around day four, my body stopped aching, realizing that I was back at my routine six days a week. Still, I did not feel the full blossom of my practice for over a week. This weekend I had back to back stellar classes, so I feel my body is capable of doing the full yoga routine once again.
What is missing, though, is the mind component. The state of being fully in the posture while my mind is free of my body is a distant memory. Perhaps it will take one class for each I missed, perhaps it will take longer. Since I signed up for another full year, I am confident it will come, and look forward to the day.