Yet again practice this evening had to be done in 2 segments. Surya A’s and standing, then later Surya B’s and some of the rest. The standing postures felt good, a lot more open than yesterday. The twists were nice, my body didn’t feel squashed like yesterday.
Later the Surya B’s and into the seated postures, by the time I got round to doing the second half, my hamstrings had regressed from their nice open state of earlier in the evening, so Paschimottanasana was not great, though the Janursirsasanas always feel better, as you can obviously do each side on its own and gradually find the space to move into. They are also where my knee and hips get the chance to relax and stop being quite so excruciating. I have been spending 10 breaths in Janu A to let my knees and hips let go. I suppose this is what is meant by having “Your own practice“, knowing when your body wants more time instead of just counting 5 and heading for the next posture.
This is where we come to Marichyasana, A and C felt fairly comfortable, B took some knee coaxing and not a great twist but I got there. Then I came to Marichyasana D, which seems to take up so much of my mental practice. On the first side my knee performs lotus ok, more or less, its finding the balance to stretch, round the knee and bind that is the problem, but yay tonight it happened, not a great Mari D, but I was bound. Then we come to side 2, definitely a case of taking my time, gradually got my knee into a relatively knee pain free lotus, spent some time developing the twist and wodya know I managed to just about bind my fingers and stay there for a few breaths.
Taking this much time for just one posture has the effect of my practice losing its heat and momentum for the following postures. I do wonder about the integrity of my practice. Should I just go for Mari B & D and just go where they get and head off into Navasana, or is it right to spend so much time coaxing my anatomy into the asana, after all if you don’t try its never going to happen, well that’s how it feels anyway. Its a dilemna for the Mysore week, should I slow my practice down this much in order to accomplish one posture, or should I just plough through the series keeping the heat and momentum going??
After the Mari’s time had passed so did Badha Konasana and Upavistha, more hip opening, before attempting 3 x Urdva Dhanurasana and trying the warm ups for standing drop backs Laksmi mentioned in her blog.
So tomorrow is Friday at long last, I will have survived the 2 weeks on my own attempting to do two and half people jobs, am I glad its over. And South West trains permitting I will get my longed for and well deserved Counted practice tomorrow night, I need my mat, I need that mental space to be returned.