This could be subtitled “The calm after the storm”. Thursday saw very high winds in my area which resulted in the power going off all afternoon, no PC, no phone, no lights and most disturbingly no TEA, the miserible blighters would not send us home , saying “Your power at home will be off too” well I have gas to cook and heat so I would have been better off, even if I couldn’t blog or e-mail. Last night I just did postures to re-open after my day off.
It’s payday, its Friday and the trains are running again, ran to the station, jumping puddles and ducks and storm debris, but grrr train running five minutes late, Luckily the Clapham train is still sitting at Watford when we arrive and I run across the platform as the beep,beep,beep goes and the doors slam behind me, phew made it. My stress levels begin to subside as I plug in Kate Bush knowing practice will be mine.
Instead of our usual counted Astanga practice, as its a moon day, Easter leads a restorative yin practice. This is my first one as there was only one Friday moon day last year and I was away. She explains that it will not be dynamic, instead we will stay in postures for minutes at a time, we should focus on the breath, though we are told to expect thoughts and daydreams to enter our consciousness.
Just 4 of us, so plenty of blocks and bolsters as we begin with a kind of backbend sitting on blocks then backwards over the bolsters, the back releasing, the thighs tightening, was that supposed to happen?
Then another of my bogey postures, Upavistha Konasana, but today its wide legs but relaxing the arms onto the bolsters in front, I didnt find it resting, it was not quite excruciating, but was I glad when we came up.
I was glad Easter did some hip openers, starting with one leg out straight, the other foot crossed over the knee into a forward bend.
Though no names were mentioned I presume Easter’s comment was aimed at me when she said “Moving to ease discomfort when your mind suggests it, only eases it for seconds, the discomfort returns to the same spot, better to stay with it and relax into it”
I took this into the square seated asana, a modified Janusirsasana right angle with the opposite ankle placed on top of the bent knee, a bolster helped to relax the hip. I found my left hip settled in, but my right could not find the relaxation it needed.
90 minutes flew by, I am really glad I went, it was a different kind of challenge to the usual practice. I need my practice, especially one in an environment so condusive to it, candle lit, Buddha’s watching over us and a teacher who should be wrapped in cotton wool.And not a Chitvari all night 🙂