Yoga expands to fill all the available time, especially when you are not actually watching the clock and don’t have to be anywhere. After my Savasana I realised I had been practising for nearly 2 and a half hours. As I was in no rush I began with another session following my new yoga flow dvd, I did all the Surya Namaskar sequences and the “Spiralling” one, but I really need to watch this again before trying it, its impossible to follow and do some of it, despite knowing the teacher and having done a few workshops with her. But it was a great warm up, I was sweaty and bendy as my head went to my knees in the forward bends. Then back to the usual practice beginning at Utita Padangusthasana as most of the other standing asanas were taken care of in parts of the dvd.
Tried to keep the momentum going in the seated postures, my core does seem to have got stronger lately, I am much steadier in Navasana, my core is holding me up my back is no longer stressed and caving in and Ubhaya and Urdva Mukha Paschimottanasana have improved a lot lately too. Its amazing how much better practice feels when you suddenly find postures are doable, instead of being a sweating, grasping wobble, crash, bang!
Closing as usual multi backbends plus Pasasana before Urdva Dhanurasana, though a crash landing on number 3 as my foot flew out from under me. Karnapidasana was interesting, after the 5 breaths I found that I could get my arms through my legs and my legs /feet most of the way behind my head into a kind of Yoga Nidrasana, though I didnt want to get myself stuck and have to bang on the wall for the neighbours to come and untangle me! So 150 minutes later I was done. I am not aching, not particularly tired after such a long practice, especially having done the flowing vinyasa at the beginning. I just wish I could find the thick end of 3 hours to practice every day.
I have been hunting the www for Yoga Shala’s in Shanghai. I am there for Christmas and I want to do practice while I am there, invariably I always intend to practice, but hotel rooms can be small with furniture and crappy carpets, so if anyone knows somewhere that does a Mysore style in Shanghai let me know.