Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The Ups and Downs of one practice

It's odd how you can start one practice (yoga practice that is!) and think "oh, I can tell it's going to be that sort of a practice" and then it changes back and forward! I practiced at lunchtime today at work. By myself - the other two who sometimes come were away in meetings or whatever ... And I was really stiff in sun salutes. (I only went to class on Monday night, so that's less than 2 days ago!) Then the balancing poses were just a disaster! I keep tottering over, couldn't keep my balance ... sigh! So by then I "just knew" what sort of practice it was going to be.

Come the marichyasanas, and Marichyasana C, (which I had been making some progress in - had sensed that it wasn't really impossible and that one day I'd be able to do this ). And then on one side I suddenly thought - "what if I stretch these fingers a tidgy bit more?" - and I touched the other fingers!! I nearly fell over! Only on one side, the other side is miles apart still, but - wow!!!

Moving on and I get to bhakasana (sp? In our shala we're given this as a prep pose till we can do an arm balance and then we swap it for bhujapidasana). So I've been having problems with this one too. I'd finally just managed to get 2 feet off the ground at the same time, and then I fell out of it a few weeks ago. Now I feel very unsafe - my legs wobble on my arms and I'm scared to try and take my feet off the ground. Last week in class I got the teacher to go through it with me. But now I've forgotten again how and where to balance my legs so they feel secure! So I guess I'll have to wait till I go to class again and get him to go through it with me again!!! I'm a slow learner!!

on my iTunes (work computer): Chris Berry and Panjea - Mandela


yoga chickie said...

Congrats on getting Mari C, even if only on one side!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For bhakasana, get used to really really really rooting your palms to the ground and shifting all of your weight into them. No tenting of the hands allowed - keep them FLAT. Next, you need to place your knees high up on your arms - around your triceps or in your armpits even. Then pick one foot up off the ground, and experience the weight shift. Keep the gaze forward and fixed, otherwise you will topple over. Then pick up the other foot. One foot at a time, to give you the sense of the pose. Then you will one day simply float up.



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