Yesterday, I did three 10-breath Urdhva Dhanurasanas which didn’t feel awful. That is a start. Seriously. I think what made it possible was that I JUST did a backbending practice. I had done yoga early in the day with my new student, and then later in the day, I came back to my mat for a 20-minute backbend session. It’s not that I felt particularly flexible. Rather, what I felt was less tired than I usually feel by the time I get to backbends.
I’m thinking about trying to fit this in a couple of times a week – JUST backbending. I mean, what’s the big deal? 20 minutes? I barely broke a sweat. I could do it between chauffering the kids around. I won’t say that I will do it EVERY DAY, because what I am also finding is that I am MUCH better at everything when I have a day of rest in between.
So, this week, I’ve been alternating, focusing on leg-behind-head, focusing on backbends. All of my practices start off as if I were practicing Ashtanga, and many of them keep to a very similar format. But I veer off here and there, as I have mentioned millions of times before. So, on a leg-behind-head focus day, I’ll throw in all of the Second Series LBH poses after Supta Kurmasana. On a backbends-focused day, I won’t. On a backbends-focused day, I will add nothing after Supta Kurmasana, just finish up Primary Series and add in the first few backbends of Second Series. I might bring out my stepstool and hang over it or climb up the wall from a lying-on-stomach position. I might lie on a ball. I might hang over my bed with weights.
This seems to be working for me at present.