A much more satisfying practice today, I didn’t have to rush and run to get there for a start. Practice seems to expand to fill the time available, yesterday I had the hammer down from being late getting there and did my practice in an hour and three quarters never quite catching up with my breath, today I did the same practice and it took me nearly 2 and a quarter hours including a decent Savasana.
Mostly left alone in standing until UHP, That was when practice started to get intense, Cary raising my leg higher than usual, the left was much happier with this and out to the side on the left side felt good, once she took me to the furthest extension. Seated went better today, binding all the Mari’s on my own and a decent Supta K and lifting out with my feet still bound behind my head, though I looked across and watched Susan do a wonderful gracefully controlled exit from Eka Pada, that was surely effortless effort.
Todays blog title refers to backbends, I have worked so hard on them this year, for what seems like very little reward. Urdva Dhanurasana was far better today, I had the energy to push up and stay. Then it was over to the wall for hang back, walking down the wall and all my usual experiments to try and make dropback happen, before returning to my spot for assisted dropbacks. OMG that has to be the hardest 5 minutes I have spent on a yoga mat since the Louisa Sear workshop all those years ago. Cary had me inhale and go back, stopping at the point of no return and then inhaling again before taking me to the floor. Followed by cross arm halfway, then today another dropback, then walking in. Just when you mind says thank **** that’s over, we did another dropback, walking in even further, which was incredibly intense, then staying there as she pressed and told me to “push”, up into her hand, I had long run out of air by this point and was trying to get air in, but god knows what noise I was making, especially as she brought me back up, with her instructions to push and the noise I was making any spectators must have thought I was giving birth! I was told after that when Cary told me to push I actually got a better more rounded backbend, but that my hands need to be more under my shoulders. This ante natal stage of dropback is bloody hard work, though at this rate is more likely to be 9 years rather than 9 months until it happens.
It was great to get a Shala practice 2 days running, it makes such a difference, not least to my general well being. And after practice a cuppa with Susan, which was really nice, we never usually get a chance to chat, except via the blogosphere. I value her comments on my practice and I enjoy being able to talk about practice in general to someone whose eyes don’t glaze over at the word yoga.