This morning I was feeling like a change, and somewhat short on time, so I put on a yoga podcast that I used to enjoy but haven't practiced to in nearly a year. It was a 40-minute sequence of mainly standing poses with some twists and hip openers, and then a few seated hip openers as well.
I did the practice... and I was totally dissatisfied. It wasn't that I wasn't challenged - there were some long holds and deep postures. Some of the sequencing was nice too, like a Warrior II - Crescent Warrior - Half Moon standing sequence, and a Tree Pose to Warrior III balancing sequence which is a favourite of mine. But there was just something that didn't do it for me - I think the real thing was that I just didn't feel I was generating heat. I missed my sun salutations! I didn't feel like my body ever really warmed up at all. Also I felt really incomplete at the end - there were no backbends, no shoulderstand to round off the practice. I did a few rounds of bridge and then a long headstand and then I felt better.
It was interesting to me as an experience of how much my personal practice has changed, how something that used to really do it for me just wasn't working for me today.
Have you ever had a similar experience? How has your practice evolved?