Took a detour to the “Walk-in” backrub place in Covent Garden on the way to practice to try and get my neck crick sorted. I only paid for 10 minutes, but the guy took much longer, he says there is a vertebrate slightly out of line which is also beginning to bring tension into my back muscles. He did bring some release, allowing me to go to practice, but I think I am going to have to see Cristina for a long session sometime soon.
Practice with C. was really good yesterday, the room was really warm, I was soaked after the Surya’s. Adjusted in Prasarita P C, the only real adjustment in the standing sequence, though she has taken to re-aligning my hands and fingers, which was ok until she couldnt make my left thumb work, she asked me if I had broken my hand, the large 30 year old scar is very vivid, she got a surprise when I told her I never broke it,but was born with an extra thumb, which had been amputated twice!
Seated is where the action happens, lots of adjustment beginning with Triang Mukha, which felt easeful as I got lower and lower, I used to hate this pose. Being nice and warm meant I actually managed Marichyasana B, the advantage of mysore, having time to get into it. The real surprise came in Mari D, the first side doesnt happen with my knee, but I had managed to get myself into half lotus on the second side and twist with the right elbow outside the knee, C. appeared and asked if I wanted to try an adjustment, my knee wasnt in agony so I said go for it and wow suddenly I was fully bound in Mari D for the frist time in 9 months, once there I could hold the bind and stay, that was a real unexpected bonus. The now usual adjustment in Kurmasana and Supta Kurmasana, she has added inches to my hamstrings this last few weeks, “further,further, a little bit more“, they feel on the verge of snapping, then suddenly I find my fingers can bind, she has added phase 3 now, crossing my ankles over my head, I am still in wonder that my body is able to do that, even if it is with help. Supta K takes so much out of me, I have to sit and wait for equilibrium and any kind of breath, never mind ujayi to return before the vinyasa. My neck just about coped with Setu Bandhasana, though I didnt stay for 5 .
Closing I managed to sneak in ;-) an Ustrasana to open up, then did 3 ok Urdva Dhanurasanas. Another adjustment in Salamba, before the easy Halasana sequence. I forgot Sirsasana after Matsyasana, but C. noticed (she misses nothing!) and up I went, had to have 2 goes, went over the top on the first attempt. Worth coming back to Sirsasana though for the neck/back manipulation C. gives in Childs pose.
Well I still didnt find my Ujayi, I asked C. after if she had heard it at all, I could see from the look on her face what the answer was! But it was a great practice, my body is finding spaces to move into under C.s guidance, though practice is much more physically challenging now, I feel I have moved up a level, after practice I am reminded of when I first set out on this road, I would leave the Shala soaked in sweat, physically tired, but mentally zinging. With C.s adjustments that has returned, I can feel my hamstrings asking what the hell is going on all of a sudden.
Another bonus yesterday was meeting AC, who comments occassionally on this blog, another face to a name, though I am sure we have practised together before over the river.