Friday, February 10, 2006

Rubber bhand

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.
Off to see The Pink Panther. Blech.



Anonymous said...

"without deviations" is not 25 breaths per pose...

samasthiti said...

It's so easy to be critical when no one knows who you are.

yoga chickie said...

yeah, yeah, anonymous, except that my teacher told me that Yoga Mala recommends holding poses for UP TO 25 breaths if needed. So, that would be "without deviation" from anything but a led class. And certainly without deviation from what my teacher tells me to do.

DK said...

Hey YC

DK here. I am the one who you thought was someone else a few weeks (or is it months) ago.

I also am the one that suggested 25 breaths.

I am no expert, but was suggested that by CH--is it now almost 5 years ago?

I had alot of specific challenges and am still working though.

There is something to be said for the flow of the practice ****AND**** that will come.

Time. TIme does alot.


yoga chickie said...

I thought 25 breaths was a brilliant idea, so I asked at my shala, and they told me it was in Yoga Mala, so go for it.

Time and practice. Time would do nothing for me if I were not doing this practice 5.5 times a week.


he's dead, jim! said...

That is a great idea. I've been cycling a lot and my hips have gotten tighter. It's affected my practice and I could not figure out why. I think I am gonna try that!

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