Easy trip down to south London for our final counted practice of 2007. Not quite so cold tonight, arrived early to warm up a little. With a few minutes to kick off the door unlocks and Easter comes hobbling in, poor girl has managed to break her foot falling off a chair while getting some bolsters and stuff ready for a class earlier in the week. But it shows what a great teacher she is, despite a foot in plaster in some kind of boot and two crutches she is still there to take practice, though am worried when she says she is going to use the crutches for adjusting!
The room is festivly decorated, mini Christmas trees on the window sills and the Buddha in the corner covered in red tinsel, plus little candles and lights all over the place, what a lovely environment to practice in, nothing distracting, just a warm homely feel, but I suppose this place has become my second home.
Six of us tonight including Swede T. and G. & E. the Shala’s owners. So quite a fast paced practice. Standing were good, even did a passable (for me) Utita Padangusthasana. Seated were a little too quick, Mari A & C were bound and good, but Mari B was a finger grab for the last 2 breaths, my knees need a little longer to get coerced into lotus, Mari D will have to wait for 2008. My shoulder kept up well, even managed to jump through for some of the vinyasas. Rest of seated were passable, if the pace had been a tad slower I think I would have done them better, but who knows, I was actually happy with my practice and that is all that counts, the only person who marks our practice us is ourselves. At one point I looked up and saw Easter sitting on the floor and despite her foot being encased in her plaster boot she was sitting there with a straight vertical leg almost with the foot behind her head! I wonder if Wayne Rooney could do that when he had his broken metatarsal!
Closing, the true test of my shoulders recovery and Cristina’s treatment. Urdva Dhanurasana x 3, yes did it, and two hours later I cannot feel it. Though UD was the point where my arms gave out. Sirsasana, wow I amamazed to report this, but I stayed vertical for the whole count of 30, though I wimped out on the half way thing. A nice lead Savasana, I know I was laying there with a smile wider than the Thames. I have a nice PC, my Palm, a house, but no amount of “things” seems to bring the happiness that doing yoga does.
Thinking about it now the fast pace was what I needed, my mind was absorbed in it, there was no time for other thoughts to take over. And the fast pace meant we were done in time to catch the fast train home. The organic food shop were giving away little sample Green & Blacks, a lovely desert after my sandwich picnic on the way home.
So let the weekend begin, Saturday holiday haircut (Alison calls it wash & go,she cuts it short!) and shopping and Sunday a Yin yoga workshop with Easter, I bet if we do balance postures she still still be better at it than the rest of us on her bad foot!