Sunday, 20 December 2009

Winter kapotasana practice

This is where I have been practicing for the last couple of days, although it looks like a shallet in Switzerland, it is actually Manchester.  This is a pre practice photo, I am amazed at how awake I look, I certainly did not feel it.  I travelled up by coach as no trains ran early enough.  Some guy proposed to me at the bus station which was pretty surreal for 6:30 a.m.  He said he had a church booked for a few weeks time and someone had let him down, it's a new line on me!

Practice yesterday was the coldest practice I have ever had.  My mat felt like ice and standing poses sent cold up my body.  I practiced in a long sleeve helly hansen, so glad I had that with me and did not take it off until end of primary.  Great to know I can still practice in these conditions though.  All binds were there but was careful not to push myself in anything as the body did not feel warm enough.  Short relaxation as I started to shiver!

Today was better, warmed up by supta kurmasana, standing postures still  challenging due to my cold mat.  There's definitely a market for heated yoga mats!

My teacher gave me two new poses today, which brings me up to Kapotasana.  With his assistance I grabbed my heels.  Yaay! It's my 30th birthday on Friday,  (Christmas day)  Kapotasana makes a great birthday present although I wonder whether I will feel like that when I do it by myself on Christmas morning!

I have had a great weekend.  I am left with even more affinity for the tradition and this practice, my teacher and the wider Ashtanga community of which I feel part.  When I meet an Ashtangi I instantly feel connected to them as I know we already share so much.  This helps me to see the unity beyond Ashtangi's to all humanity but I guess I'm still working on that one.  I did not feel much affinity with the guy who proposed to me at the bus stop, more bewilderment!


  1. The chalet looks so pretty! Happy early birthday...mine is on Boxing Day. A heel-grabbing Kapo sounds like a fabulous birthday present!

  2. Hi KMB,

    Thanks, happy early birthday to you too. We are almost ashtangi twins! It is a beautiful space.

  3. Happy Birthday Helen, I am going to practice at the Singapore shala tomorrow, should be a bit warmer than your one in Manchester. Nice photo. You should of asked the guy if the church was heated enough for ashtanga!

  4. Thanks for birthday message, just got back from some quiet time in the countryside. Hope you have a great time in Singapore. They tried their best to heat the room, it was a cold weekend. Every practice since has felt warmer, not as warm as Singapore though. Look forward to hearing about it.