The night classes almost always feel great. Then I come back and have so much energy that I can't sleep for hours, and it takes its toll on the next day. If only I could figure out some way of either importing that energy to a morning class, or else learn to shut down after the night class and get a real night's sleep.
Class was really strong again. My stamina was up. Balancing was good. My strong poses (Awkward, Triangle, Rabbit) were very strong. And my not so strong poses were still pretty good. The one hesitation is that there's still some tenderness in my knees. I held off of Toe Stand as a result, and Fixed Firm has taken a slight step backward. There's no reason for alarm yet: it's just something to monitor.
The day 118 meditation gives a better illustration for me of the dilemma I've talked about: how to know what to do when you mind is at war with itself. The example I've used is the one that recurs again and again on the mat: whether or not to sit out a bit toward the end of standing series. The first observation is pretty simple: "we are not our thoughts." I can think of the two sides of my internal argument as being carried on by two different players. This brings to mind the cliche cartoon image of the angel and devil version of the self sitting on each shoulder, advocating their position. Gates says that there's also a quiet "third player" that watches the warring thoughts. As we cultivate stillness through the asanas and through other aspects of yoga, we also allow this "quiet self" to grow and to spread a kind of quiet influence over our other, warring aspects.
I don't think I'm in a position to agree or disagree with this lovely description. It doesn't solve the dilemma I raised. Rather, it shows how, with time and experience, the dilemma might simply vanish.