My back seemed to tighten up in January despite working hard on kapotasana, it seemed to get harder rather than easier. I'd love to say I was all yogic and calm about this but actually it was a tad frustrating at times. Kapotasana felt like I was lost at sea falling to clasp anything. Buying a yoga towel helped a great deal here, now I can creep my hands in. I've also developed some stamina and when I am at home to make up for the lack of adjustment I do some hanging back and sometimes repeat the pose.
Inspired by Boodhiba's blog I started to time my hang backs which definitely helps me stay there longer and definitely opens up my back. It also helps me work on deepening my breath which opens the back up even more. Especially if I focus on ensuring the inhalation is as deep as the exhale, that inhalation really opens up the upper back, which feels intense and wonderful all at the same time.
Backbends sometimes have an emotional element for me and I feel like I have come out the other side of some intense healing recently. Now I am working on opening the upper back and deepening the breath.
For those of you interested on Marc's preparation for Kino's workshop. He has now practised upto Mari A, which will be his stopping pose in Kino's mysore on Sunday. So he has a week to memorise which he seems to be doing really quickly. Our flat is small but I have discovered we can both practice at the same time in the lounge, which we haven't done yet but it is nice to know it's possible.
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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