I don’t keep up with many of the yoga blogs anymore, but among those that I do peruse regularly, I have noticed a dropoff in posting. One, in particular, has had virtually no yoga posts at all in the past week or so. Whenever someone posts like a lunatic about this pose, that pose, this strategy, that strategy, yoga yoga yoga, blah blah blah and then screeches to a halt, I gotta wonder: what’s going on? Are they injured? Disgruntled? Oh, wait, that would be me. But maybe I am not the only one who simply gets tired of writing about the same poses on and on and on and over and over and over.
I haven’t written about asana at all lately, so, I figure it’s time to set the record straight, in case anyone is wondering: Yes, I am still practicing. I was supposed to meet a Facebook friend at the CT Shala last week, but I couldn’t wake up, and I ultimately attributed it to the fact that I cannot stomach showing up at any Shala right now, where I would have to explain that I want no assists due to my still healing hand/wrist/thumb, that my jump throughs are kind of inconsistent for the same reason, that I have NO Urdhva Dhanurasana at all, for the same reason. But it was more than that too: I like to do my practice exactly as I need it on any given day. Today, for example, I needed to do about 20 Surya Namaskar A’s to start out. I just kept doing them until I felt as loose and sweaty as I wanted to be. There always seem to be some variations thrown in to reflect what I feel that I need on any given day. And I hate to give those up just to practice in a shala.
Is that rigid of me? Attached? Maybe. Or maybe, I just like the joy I get out of something that is incredibly harmless: moving my body the way I want to. So, maybe rigid, maybe attached, but still, I had to be true to myself.
Where is my practice these days? I have decided to put all of my focus on leg-behind-head poses. Since I still can’t push up into a backbend without the wall for support due to my bum right hand, I have decided to give backbends a rest. SO, what I do is, I frame my practice around Primary, and when I get to Mari D, I often add in a Pasasana for added shoulder flexibility. Then I move straight onto Kurmasana, hold it for a loooong time, until I feel soft. Then I work on Supta Kurmasana, which is quite painful to my hand unless I have someone to rotate my hands into the exact right position for me. Lately, I have had someone. Either the husband or one of the boys. When I don’t have someone, I usually take Yoga Nidrasana and then go back to Supta K, hoping to have softened things up some more. Then, no matter how things go in Supta K, I always do Eka Pada Sirsasana on both sides, along with some softening-up stretches beforehand. I think I am making some progress in these, which is nice and contrasts with the backbend hell, where there never is any progress and each day holds its own (usually not good) surprises for me there.
After I am holding Eka Pada Sirsasana satisfactorily, I will get back to attending to backbends.
After the LBH sequence, I just finish up Primary, and I sometimes add some of Second Series’ backbends, or not. Then a quick finishing. It’s been good this week. Practiced five times in total.
I would like to practice four or five times next week, and make sure to run at least once.
So, that’s where things are. Yes, I’m still practicing. But I am getting further and further away from anything resembling Ashtanga, and from anything you might consider “shala ready”.