Having a blog feels a bit like having confession, I imagine...although mostly I have nothing to confess.........but so much has happened.
I just read my previous post to see where my practice was up to when I last blogged. I am now able to get my shoulders down in Kurmasana. I am still working on it and repeating three times when I practice at home (I think doing exploritory stuff like that is important if your practicing mainly alone). Anyways it worked..........I have been trying to do Supta Kurmasana every day since I went to Mysore last year so about 17 months............I have loved the journey..........and now I can do it. I get into it by crossing my feet first, then wiggling the shoulders through. Some advice from a friend really helped with how I cross. I take the left foot to the right of the centre so when the right leg crosses over it doesn't have so far to go. I'd like to be able to clasp first then cross my feet, as I'd like to teach it that way, for some of my students it would work better. I think I can do this but have to work out the action needed to lift the heel. Anyhow I can do it all by myself and have done so every day for about a week now.
A couple of weeks ago I went to the shala and was given the first two postures of second series. My practice felt great used to be exhausted after practicing in the shala but feel like I've really come through that and now feel quite energized. Feel like my practice has really changed in the last couple of months. I think not being a supply teacher will have worked wonders here. It was such a tough job.
So I'm still a little naughty and continue to practice up until the posture I can't do rather than the one I'm stopped at. I practice by myself mostly. I go to an Iyengar class once a week and a couple of mysore classes a month. The rest of the time I do full primary and then currently up to Kapotasana. I like to have a posture to work on, it can be a good motivator for home practice. I do yoga for many reasons but I guess the most important is that it transforms me. Getting the asana is not why I do yoga it's just something that helps motivate me to get on my mat and practice. So here I am very much at the beginning of a new journey with kapotasana. Woah what a posture, it's so opening emotionally and physically and requires so much perseverance. Can touch my right toe by myself on a good day, I'm surprised by that as my right side is generally tighter than my left but I think it's because I'm right handed and can move that arm more?
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois died this week and I could right a long post just about what I have been through with that. Ultimately I am left realising how much this guy has changed my life mostly indirectly although I am honoured that I had the opportunity to practice led classes with him last time he was in London.
So I finish this post with thanks to Pattabhi Jois for putting the practice out there so that so many people could practice it.