4pm eventually came around, a long week, I need my mat.
Tonight I forwent my usual tea and kitkat before practice routine, in order to investigate the Organic food shop for wheat free fodder. Well 30 minutes later after deciphering labels I came out with a big bag of wheat free Muesli, some wheat free flapjack and a hole in my wallet. Why does it cost more when they have left the wheat out, I didnt buy the biscuits at £2.99 for about 10 its taking the piss? Could not find CJ’s suggested Dragon fruit, so wandered up the road to Balham Waitrose, no luck in there either, but did come out with probably the most healthy drink I have ever bought a smoothie made of strawberry and banana to go with my train picnic on the way home. It occured to me that maybe this is the way to get fruit, that I dont really like down into me, buy some, bung it in a liquidiser, hold my nose and gulp it down without it touching the sides and a big sugar lump to follow. Would its “goodness” be the same? If things don’t improve I know an expensive date with the centres nutritionist awaits in a month or so, I can ask her, but if anyone thinks I have a plan feel free to comment.
Practice at last, 8 of us tonight, enough yogis and yoginis to bring that lovely concentrated energy to the room, but few enough to give us all a little arm and leg room. A was there tonight, she has been ill, good to see her back on her mat, let the games begin! Standing just flew by, Utita Padangusthasana was a draw as Easter adjusted me in it on the first side and I was actually ok on the other side.
Seated postures were good, a warm day, followed by a warm up had opened my hips and knees, so that I had lotus if not a bound toe in Ardha Badha, Janusirsasana A & B felt easeful, I was able to concentrate on lengthening rather than hip issues, Janu C brought laughter as Easter said we would feel the foot on the spleen, I said “where is the spleen?” and I heard a voice laughingly say “dont worry nobody’s foot is anywhere near it” The Chitvari game with A was already going on, after Janu C I did my vinyasa as Easter said “Hold chitvari” I looked over to see A grinning from ear to ear as she slowly lowered herself down as I held it, got her back during the Marichyasanas though, hee heee 🙂 I enjoyed Kurmasana and Supta Kurmasana, once again I had fingers touching if not docking and did Titibasana, yeeees. Who would believe that balancing on your hands with your legs sticking out would be so satisfying!
I am finding Supta Padangusthasana a pain lately, especially when the leg goes out to the side, I am begining to get further over, but there is a rib bone on either side that has no flab covering and is excruciating when my body weight is on it.
Two full Urdva Dhanurasanas and a 3 breath one, had to come out early as I could feel my hands and feet both sliding out from under me. Sirsasana nearly didnt happen, my first attempt I went over the top, luckily our mats were staggered so didnt take K out opposite me, second go couldnt get up, eventually on the third go when the count was gone 10 I managed to get up and stay for about 8 breaths.
I love Easter’s Savasana, not the usual “relax this, relax that, relax the other“, but descriptions like “having no thoughts in the jaw, the tongue or the teeth”, my body really lets go, but is awake and conscious of its surroundings, its like all of this practice, its how its for me meant to be, a flowing joy for mind as well as body. Train home with my picnic and smoothie, first sip made me shake my head hard, people nearby must have thought I was escapee or something, not used to that taste or texture, didnt expect “bits” in it, got it down in the end, I hope my stomach appreciates the effort I am going to!