Special prize for anyone who can name the movie from which the above quote is paraphrased.
And now, for something completely different, henceforth, Yoga Chickie shall take nabi chakra driste on all FORWARD BENDS! Thus spaketh the Good Doctor, and I believe that it comes down from David Williams, and I know that this has the potential to make some people absolutely crazy. But that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. I cannot even begin to describe how this prepared my spine for Second Series today.
Here’s how it works:
- Sapta inhale jump through to Dandasana….do whatever to prepare the pose and before exhaling into the forward bend, inhale, head up, eyes up, chest lifted.
- Ashtau exhale into the forward bend, naval driste (i.e., rounded spine)
- Nava inhale head up, eyes up, chest lifted.
This, coupled with my urdhva driste in Updog, left my spine smooth and supple for Second Series. It was nothing short of miraculous, I tell you. Of course, I’m all wacked out from the backbending. Couldn’t sleep a wink last night. I hope that settles down soon.
All that kundalini goodness aside, I did have a minor freakout about 10 breaths into Kapotasana A, when it seemed as if my right tricep was going to burst free of the skin of my right arm. It was a similar feeling to childbirth, that burning sensation that those of you who chose to forgo the drugs might recall (I pushed out my older son sans drugs; never did that again, thank you very much).
My arm is fine now. In fact, it was fine by the time I got to Supta Vajrasana a minute later. And my UD felt great, and as I’ve been saying for a while, that’s what I want more than anything, for backbending to feel good.
I do think it is sad, however, that instead of feeling the stretch in my pecs, my delts, my armpits, my groins, I feel it in my right tricep. This hints to me (or smashes me over the head with an anvil, really) that the area of my modified radical mastectomy (my right armpit and the right side of my chest) is basically stuck like cement, and whatever give I am going to get in Kapotasana, or any arms-up backbend really, is going to have to come from somewhere else.