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!
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!