Lots of space at the shala this morning, presume lots of people forgot to add an hour to their clocks before going to bed last night, never had the pick of so many places to lay my mat.
I definitley have more energy now, the cough is going, in another few days I should be fully up and running again. The lack of students this morning meant seemingly lots more adjustments, it was nice to have space in UHP to actually be adjusted fully out to the side without my foot being in someones ear. I only nowadays seem to get a couple of adjustments in standing, Prasarita Padot C and UHP, maybe I am doing them more competently.
While I was doing my practice today, there wasn’t too much of the usual commentary going on in my head, but it wasn’t until I went forward in Janusirsasana A that I realised I hadn’t actually been very “present” in the preceeding postures, “sleep yoga” could be the new big thing, but I suddenly seemed to wake up and have an alertness that was not there before. I was totally with it when Anna took me more deeply into Marichyasana D. Having so few students meant a teacher was almost on you before doing one of “those” poses, I was only just enjoying a wriggle in Supta K when my feet were crosssed and hands were bound for me.
Having my energy back meant I could play around with backbends today, after Setu Bandhasana I did a load of bridges to warm my back, then 5 Urdva Dhanurasana’s, you just know when it feels right. I stood up and played around dropping back before assistance arrived and I got to do dropbacks and walking the hands in. Instead of trying to take one breath down and running out of air, I now seem to able to keep taking lots of little breaths, making the dropback feel much less stressed. Playing around on my own first before assistance arrives also seems to better for me at least. But I have at least lost the fear of dropback and now having a modicum of control of the breath I don’t feel like I am going to get dizzy or pass out, which gives me more confidence to experiment at home.
I still find it strange decamping to the “Finishing room” for the rest of closing, you have to reset your mind to a new environment. It ended up being quite a long practice, nearly 2 hours, generally feeling better, I had stayed in a few postures longer to lengthen out and of course much more playtime with backbends. Savasana in the sun was nice, especially when the wonderful S. came along to give me the nice little present webcam.
I can now see people on Skype, tomorrow hopefully I will actually be able to talk to them as well.