Back to my home Shala today after week of being an Ashtanga tourist in Estonia. Nice to be back in familiar surroundings,surrounded by familiar faces and comfortable back in my favourite spot.
Practice was good,usual tweak to the arm rotation in Parsvakonasana, I don’t really get the point of that one, but if it makes C happy I’ll go along with it. The usual very intense PPC without the hands grounding, she keeps it just this side of excruciating!
My left knee is gradually improving, though I’m conscious of not doing anything to annoy it and stop it’s recovery, so no half Lotus in Ardha Baddha or Mari B & D, though did at least manage to bind Mari D on the second side, so the right knee must be coming back as well. All the extracurricular “Turbo Dogs” seem to be helping with the Titibhasana exit out of Supta K, though I need to work out the Bakhasana part, rather than collapse backwards on my bum. Now my energy has returned I seem to have a lot of work to get back to doing some of the movements I could do when I came back from Sri Lanka, but lost in the Hospital.
Pasasana is back to being a finger touch on both sides, so I’m hoping it won’t be too long until the fingers find each other again.
Backbends were good, Urdva Dhanurasana against the wall to start with, then off the mat, though C is now on me for my left heal turning in instead of out and the angle of my left hand, pushing up is not the mental battle anymore.
Dropbacks are not so much a mind game either, Susan’s hands in prayer at forehead plan, now I’m used to it, is giving me a deeper bend in the upper back and control for much longer. I dropped back not realising C had done her trick of appearing in front of me without me realising and the next thing I know my hips are coming forward and I’m coming back up to standing. Ruth’s “No thinking” comment of a while back has been taken on by Cary, she stops the thinking, once back up she just points at the floor, no time to think, just do it. I’m no longer nervous of doing dropback with her in front of me now, I’m landing safely with more control, though I think I probably bend my knees too early, but the fear factor has been replaced by initial apprehension, but once I’ve done the first one a kind of semi confidence replaces the apprehension. I do need my little towel to aim at, I know if I land in front of it my head will not suffer concussion. Remembering to land with straight arms is helping as well.
My brain doesn’t now spend seated thinking about the backbends to come, practice seemed to go through a long period of it being all about the backbends, so my mind wasn’t in the pose I was actually doing. I have more confidence in safe landings thanks to stronger arms from the Turbo Dogs and the new found extra notches of control in the upper back.
I don’t think I do closing fast, but others do, I don’t spend 10 minutes in Sirsasana, but I don’t fly through the rest either. Cary was on me to the last with adjustment in the breathing sequence. She’s always on me for the drishtes ! But at least she’s back to giving that nice mini massage in Balasana
All followed by Yogi breakfast, the perfect Bank holiday Monday.