Woke up dark and early to get the train to London for a shala practice. Slept both on way there and back as well as reading, so feel refreshed despite the early start. It was a nice practice, nice heat which suprised me, (it's a big room), my elbows slid into position for the last supta vajrasana. Nice to have someone there when I do kapotasana, kinda reassuring. Reminds me of learning to drop back,the teacher that helped me with them stood and talked me through drops for a week without adjusting before leaving me to get on with it. I asked him to see if my hangback was okay, he said it was fine. Not a deep assist but lots of instruction which will help me do it alone.
As I hang back I need to keep hips up legs strong. I was doing that bit, what was different was going down, I need to go back on myself making full use of back bend, I was going back too much I think. Think I need to keep pushing up the whole time too, like in largu. This keeping lift seemed to help Kapotasana B feel okay again, had felt I was overworking my lumber recently and couldn't work out why. It did not used to feel like that. So think it all makes more sense now. My back is less open than it was last month but at least I know what I'm doing more. Somehow knowing how to work at it is more important to my practice than what I can actually do. Thought I would write this post while experience was fresh, I'm taking my day off tomorrow since I have practised today. A lie in :)
Breathing in Ashtanga: Langhana Kriya - the reduction, exhalation, principle - from Srivatsa Ramaswami's Complete Book of vinyasa yoga Based on the teaching of T. Krishnamacharya (Ramaswami was a student of Krishnamacharya's for 30+ ye...
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