Monday, January 30, 2006

Practicing by Numbers

12 breaths Utt Pluthi

11 minutes to finish my Surya Namaskaras

10 breaths in Prasarita Padotannasana C (waiting for that delicious hand-push to the floor from Sir, but alas, I was on my own)

9 Surya Namaskaras before my nose touched my knees in Uttanasana

8 breaths in each finishing pose other than Sarvangasana and Sirsasana (25 each) and Utt Pluthi (see number 1 above)

7 minutes in Savasana, including two on my side

6 Urdhva Dhanurasanas (full wheel) (after three versions of bridge..trying to get my backbending on)

5 Uddiyana Kriyas performed pre-practice (SUCH a good way to get warm fast)

4 adjustments from Sir (Uttitha Hasta Padangustasana - left side only, Tiriangamukhaipada Paschimo - such a great opener of the sacro-iliac joint), Mari C - twist twist twist, Mari D - breath, twist, twist, twist)

3 Urdhva Dhanurasanas that felt open and expansive in the chest (the last three)

2 months more, I estimate, before my bottom palm is flat on the floor in Parvritta Parsvakonasana (and 2 months after that, I will not remember why it was so hard for me to get to that point)

1 forgotten pose (Navasana)!! How could I have forgotten to do my last pose?! I guess I was anxious to get to my backbends, which I am recognizing are becoming something of a mental block to me the deeper I get into my Primary practice.

0 moments of internal debate about getting myself to practice today. And THAT is progress.

YC

2 comments:

Tiffersll said...

I'm confused...what class was this? Was it intented to practice in a number manner? lol. I forgot navasana last friday...I don't know how I managed to forget that posture. I drew a complete blank after Mari D and just jumped to bhujapidasana.

yoga chickie said...

How pathetic am I? I forgot it and it's my LAST pose before backbends. DUH.

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