As, turns out, I rocked my self-practice today, thus proving:
- I am capable of the discipline needed to practice Ashtanga (and by Ashtanga, I mean the actual Primary Series, without deviations) when no one is looking.
- You never know what your body is capable of until you try.
- Mari C is way easier when you hold Parivritta Parsvakonasana for 25 breaths.
- Mari D is way easier when you hold Mari C for 25 breaths (still having trouble rotating my arms and wrists into the necessary position for a good grip, but at least I know it is not my spinal twisting that is to blame, but rather my mental twisting...vrittis).
- Baddha Padmasana is way easier when you hold Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimotannasana for 25 breaths.
- I actually might be able to pull of some self-practice in the mornings out in Utah, especially since I think it will help my performance up there on the mountain and also help to avoid injury - flexi knees and hips can only be a boon in the soft powder.
- Linking breath to movement rocks.
- Bhandas are like the total secret to defying gravity.