Class was solid and workmanlike. I had no breakthroughs, and no earth shattering revelations. I was just happy to be there, and to have my stamina back. I'm trying to think back on high or low points, and coming up with nothing. Usually, that's a good sign.
I got one good correction. I let my shoulders bounce in the final breathing. I wasn't even aware of it, but its true. Jessica suggested I really concentrate on bracing my arms, to quiet the shoulders. I tried, and I think I sort of got the hang of it, but (naturally) it makes the posture much harder. I thought I had learned to isolate those diaphragm muscles, and now I see that there's still a long way to go here.
Gates describes what he does when he doesn't really feel like going to the mat in the day 166 meditation. The main point is that, even when you don't feel like it, you can still simply do it and give it your best. As long as you do your best, nothing much else matters. I fully agree with this, but I'm still gradually learning that my "best" shifts from day to day, and sometimes for no apparent reason. And the other thing I sometimes have a hard time with is the idea that my "best" is not necessarily trying my "hardest." It's trying as hard as I can in any given pose, without struggling. So maximum effort, no struggle. Or "focused and effortless." That's what I've been aiming for recently.