Usual 5am slog on the bus, then found half the tube was closed so ended up having to walk to TC Road for the Central Line to YP, shame the Oyster system was up and running again, had to top up to get home. Was actually awake and with it today, not in “tranceworld” for a change, but actually present with my practice. A different teacher today, first time I have met Ch, though have read about him on other blogs, he emphasised different things, though he did pick up on my not very often present ujayi. Standing were good, my hamstrings didn’t object to the forward bends and the UHP adjustment felt quite good as my hip was up for some rotating this week. It was warm in there today, had to put out the anti skid pan yogi toes mat.
Seated felt nice until Marichyasana A, as I brought my arm around my leg to bind, I suddenly felt a horrible muscle pain in the lower right hand side of my back, I quickly came out, then slowly went into the pose again, I wanted to keep moving, though sitting here now I wonder if carrying on was such a good plan. Susan reckons it could be the “quadratus lumborum“, vaguely remembered the term from the anatomy workshop but had to google it, she looks about right. Stopped for a bit of back rubbing, which is now red and sore as well, adding to the muscle pain. I carried on practising, even managing Marichyasana D on both sides today, yahoooo, yippeee. Quite glad not to get adjusted in Supta K, just felt my way into the hand bind and was satisified with bringing my feet together, hopefully by next week I will be fit and ready for my weekly feet crossing assist from Susan!
Ch. is less hands on, but talks you through poses, he was good enough to spend a few minutes helping me with Supta Padangusthasana, although I am getting the bum balance, sometimes… I have never been able to come up and over with straight legs. Instead of just being told to come up on the in-breath, he got me to look through my navel to the wall, rather than looking upwards. To pull on my toes and point my heels, then come up on a good in-breath. Well after the 3rd go I almost made it, but I now have the tools to try and make some headway at home with this pose. My neck has been better this week, so did a bent legged Setu Bandhasana.
I did 3 Urdva Dhanurasanas before more advice, Ch. got me to move my mat to the wall, after noticing how my hands have a tendency to slide out and away from under me. He got me to put the heels of my hands against the wall and then walk my feet in a little, at which point he said “Now that’s a backbend!” Rest of closing including a very wobbly Sirsasana, though I saw today the results of all the hip opening work I have been doing when for the first time in I don’t know how long I did Uthplutihi in full lotus without my knees objecting at the time or later in the day, this posture is actually easier in lotus, well I reckon anyway. Savasana was not quite the relief and release I wanted, as my body cooled I could feel my lower back seizing up and the rest of me tensing up because of it, so decided to cut short and watch Susan’s wonderfully controlled Nakrasana as I rolled my mat up.
Home to my pot of Tiger Balm, via the Pain au Raisin shop, the balm is working up to a point, though have not been able to sit comfortably for long in one position, hopefully it will let go when I sleep. Rest of the day has been spent eating and watching the Tour De France, while rubbing my back. If its not feeling better tomorrow I think a visit to the therapist will have to happen, I want to be in full bendy mode 2 weeks today for the first day of the Bali retreat with DK. 8 working days to go.