It's been a while.. hi! This post is going to be a tad asana centric. I've thought about posting it a few times and keep deciding it'd make a dull read but I obviously need to write it as I keep thinking about it. I went to see my teacher a couple of weeks ago and had a great time, I learned lots which is still informing my at home practice. I really wanted to go to kinos workshop in March as he is doing an extra mysore class and a workshop on adjusting primary on the Monday. I felt that she may have some good input for me as I continue to work on karandavasana. I really wanted to go but wasn't sure if I could afford it, so I decided not to go to London in February (I usually go at least every 4 weeks). My teacher is in Mysore in February anyhow. I am also in a bit of a groove with my home practice right now, I have lots to work on and have some ideas about how to do it. So I won't be in London until March, the week before the kino workshop.
The advantage of working at home on a pose is you can do some naughty prep work for a challenging pose if you like. The disadvantage of working at home is that you can do some naughty prep work for a challenging pose if you like, it can get out of hand, lol! When I got split (started practicing just second series), the thing I found the hardest was kapotasana at home. It would come so quick, I would barely be awake and I would be so cold, my feet like ice blocks. I mean it is not an easy pose anyhow, but you need to be warmed up. So I developed a prep routine, 3 kapo hang backs, then 3 kapo B's, then 3 normal kapotasanas. That warmed me up!!!!
Working at kapotasana at home with a tight upper back is challenging and I am grateful for my kapotasana prep for allowing me to get to the point that I can grab my heels by myself. I think it would have taken years without. At the shala it is warm enough and I usually do 2 kapotasanas, one assisted and one solo. Anyhow in January the procrastinations began...I take a break between each prep, I hold them for one minute and it is intense. The procrastinations went something like this "this is not astanga" "this is taking too much time" "this is way to much prep" blah, blah, blah went my mind.
My mind is usually fairly quiet during practice but during kapotasana prep I would let it go. I've been meditating a lot recently and I soon realized I needed put this practice to use to reign in my wondering mind by focusing on my breath. I also realized my mind had a point, it was too much, it was messing with the flow of my practice, and I now have other poses that need my energy.
So I am on Kapotasana prep cut back. Each week I remove one prep pose from my routine. I am now in week 3, so today I did 2 hang backs and one kapo B before my 3 kapotasanas. As a result I make more of an effort on each one, I am also very determined on my final kapo, and am still getting to my heels on the final one, every day bar one. I have much more energy too, so it going well. It is also giving me something to focus on while I am without a teacher for the next month.
I am also working on the karandavasa landing, and it is getting better but is not there yet, I love it though....that's another post perhaps....
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