So I checked my e-mail and the Shala’s website at 4pm, still just 2 of us but practice was on, despite being less then the required 4. Escaping down the canal, scattering ducks and screaming “Yahoooooooooooo” as I left that poxy place for a couple of weeks.
Got to the Shala early, Easter had already opened up, which meant I could open up, stretch and bring my mind to the place it loves to be. Swede T was to be the other doing practice last night, she’s been coming as long as I have. We gave it a few minutes just in case anyone else decided to join us, but the bell didn’t ring so off we went. And what a wonderful practice it was to be, not that any of my postures were particularly succesful, but because being just 2 of us it was just like having a private practice, adjustments on nearly every other posture. It was easy to focus the mind. Easter encouraging an easeful breath as she adjusted me in Parivrita Trikonasana, “I dont want to see you nose moving“, easier said than done when being adjusted that deeply, but I managed to begin to control my breath. Being just 2 we both got adjusted in Prasarita Padottanasana C, I love being adjusted in that posture, it feels so dam good as your arms go over your head. My Utita Padangustasana was even fairly balanced, second side even managed head to knee.
Seated asanas had a wonderful flow, both of us vinyasa fairly quickly, A was not there this week to make me hold extra long Chitvari’s! Despite having warmed up before practice for some reason my knee was not happy playing Ardha Bada Padme Paschimottanasana. At this point Easter let T carry on and then showed me where I am going wrong, when putting the foot into lotus, the hip of my straight leg tends to roll out, meaning the foot is not in the right place. Little things make so much difference, the last time I was given one of these “Yoga lightbulb” moments was when DK spotted my creeping right hand in Downward dog. The adjustment in Mari C was brilliant, encouraging lift as well as twist, not to mention easeful breathing. Mari D did not bind alas. Bujapidasana into Titibasana was ok and I am getting better at moving my weight around in order to then get my legs back round my knees for the vinyasa, an element of control is appearing, but its gonna take practice, at my speed of progress probably a couple of years yet! Didnt manage to repeat last weeks trick of binding in Supta K, I fear that could have been a freak one off in my lifetime asana, but I will remember it forever! Not so much an adjustment in Supta Padangusthasana, just a lot of weight on my hip to keep it down while my leg heads west, but that bone in my side has even less fat around it nowadays to protect it, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…
I so wanted to do Urdva Dhanurasana, I did it despite my hands being wrong and my feet insisting on turning out. But at least now I have the strength to make adjustments while in the posture, Easter telling me which bit of the hokey-cokey to play, “Right foot out, left hand in, elbows aiming at each other!”. I am glad to say we did all the Chakorasanas inbetween as well. Although there were just the 2 of us I am glad to say that the heat and energy were there, I am sure this unquantifiable energy is able to radiate around the room as people need it in postures that challenge them more. Closing mantra chanted by all 3 of us, not call and response, which breaks the rythm, but a nice resonating sound culminating in shanti, shanti, shanti, hee. A nice long Savasana, brought to a close by the beautiful sound of Easter’s singing bowls.
What a great way to start my two weeks holiday, leaving all the crap of work behind, switching off to be in a better place mentally and physically. This morning I felt stiff from all the adjustments, but luckily I had an appointment with Cristina’s strong fingers and pointy elbows to undo me, she is a brilliant therapist, my shoulders and neck were well knotted, it took a lot of pressure before they began to release, she had tried gentle pressure, hot stones and finally said “right its going to have to be the deep tissue“, I knew it would hurt at first, but suddenly we could both hear and feel as fibres separated and knots undid and that wonderful release made its way through my neck and shoulder blades. She always finishes a treatment with this wonderful neck and back stretch forward bend, I think only yogi’s would truly appreciate it. As usual she asked about the IBS and again made sensible suggestions, she has already completely changed my stomach’s health, its over 40 days without the debilitating IBS 3 days agony. I left her table feeling uplifted ready for my flight tomorrow, just have to finish packing first!