March 2009


It seems that a Turkish gym is trying to register ashtangayoga and hatha yoga as trademarks in Turkey… doesn’t seem right to me.

Third party observations seem to be in order!

All fun 🙂

Denise was covering for H today. I LOVE her adjustments. She does a better Supta K adjustment than any other teacher I have practiced with.

Other than that, practice was good, it was pretty quiet so I got a space on arrival and had plenty of room to move around.

I am hoping to make it to the shala on Sunday… it’s Grand Prix day, so if I am going to be woken up for 6am, I might as well go and do something I enjoy 😉

Practice this last couple of weeks has been steady, it’s nice to get into the routine again. I’m trying to do 4 shala practices and 1.5 home practices a week, which is working most of the time. I have progressed to being able to leave G in bed and go to the shala, and one morning a week I practice at his whilst he does an early swim.

Yesterday the shala was rammed, I waited 35 minutes to start and was also queue-jumped… Grr. Today the shala would be even worse as it’s pre-moonday so I have decided to change moon day and have it today. Although the acupuncture is helping my hamstring is sore and my sciatic pain is flaring up a bit, so a break will be good. I’ll do a home practice tomorrow then go back to the shala on Friday.

It’s Kino’s workshop in a couple of weeks an I’d love to be pain free by then. I’ll need to keep my finger an toes crossed!

I went to practice this morning and had NO energy whatsoever. I felt squashed flat.

I started in the finishing room but was quite lucky to have arrived at 7 as it seemed to be a bit of a lull before getting really busy. Starting by the radiator didn’t help me much, I just felt far too hot. I was in the finishing room until Prasarita Padatonasana D, then got called into the main room to find the space was right at the end, next to the radiator. Ugh. Fortunately it was beginning to cool down, but it was sucking the energy out of me!

By the time I got to seated I could hardly manage to jump back and through, so just resorted to stepping. Stopped after my third navasana. I also realised when I got to Mari C, with a feeling of deja vu, that I had done Mari C instead of A. Did one small back bend, then headed back to the finishing room for a bit of closing and a lie down.

I still feel exhausted now. An early night tonight, I think!

I had a lovely Sunday practice. I got up at 7 to see sunshine and jumped in the car and drove to the shala. I got a good spot and enjoyed practice immensely. It was very warm and a bit clammy, and although it felt slightly uncomfortable, the heat was good for my flexibility. Backbending even felt reasonable, although L’s assist was very intense and made my lower back hurt quite a lot.

My lower back is proving problematic at the moment. I have always had quite a pronounced arch in my lower back, which, if I walk around, particularly when shopping, gets quite painful. I then need to forward bend, the vertebra seem to click back into place and things are fine again. At the moment I am getting this sensation almost every time I stand up and walk around then sit down again. Not good. I am thinking it might be because I can’t do much forward bending due to the hamstring pains?

I have been a good patient and have taken my herbs for two days now – they are supposed to help lumbago and sciatica too, so hopefully will just be useful all-round. After practice I had a long soak with the Woodlock oil then in the evening, massaged it into my leg. (Susan, it’s this one www.healthandherbal.com). It does smell a little like winter green, but it also seems to be just the same smell as some balm I bought in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan balm was supposed to be similar to Tiger Balm, but without some ingredient or other that I can’t remember!

I didn’t practice this morning, but went the the gym at lunchtime. I do intend to practice tomorrow morning

When I went back to the shala a few weeks ago and told H about my hamstring pain, he suggested that acupuncture might help assist it’s repair. So, this afternoon I went into my local Chinese medical centre for a consultation. The doctor took my pulse at three different points, looked at my tongue and asked a few questions about yoga and my lifestyle. He told me that my body was still recovering from some stressfull period a couple of years ago but that now I was more balanced and relaxed. Herbs to assist the bodies lubrication system and a course of acupuncture were prescribed. Not being someone to let grass grow under my feet, I opted to have the first acupuncture season immediately.

It was quite a bizarre experience, he put about 5 needles into the crown of my head, one on either side at the base of my skull, these ones we quite uncomfortable initially, then two on my lower back on either side of my spine, one in each inner ankle the two in the buttock on side with the pain, then one in the top of my calf. Possibly a few more in the hamstring but I’m not quite sure! I was then covered with a blanket and given a panic button and told to relax and listen to some music until he came back. I didn’t experience any particular discomfort and couldn’t quite decide whether he had taken out some of the needles before he left me. I resisted the temptation to have a feel for where the needles might be!!!

He duly reappeared after 20 minutes, took out the needles and then massaged my back, hamstring and feet before asking me to stand leaning face towards the wall whilst he applied pressure to my lower spine.

The most interesting observations I had were that he managed to put a needle into just the point where I feel the pain coming from and my muscles seemed to go into a mini spasm around the needle. Pretty impressive considering that I didn’t show him exactly where the pain was most intense. The most painful needle was actually the one in the top of my calf, this area continued to feel a bit uncomfortable even after the session.

I then signed up for another 5 sessions, bought some herbs for lubrication, some muscle rub, which was £15, smells funny and I am not sure I will actually use…. sucker! I need to have another appointment in a weeks time.

Hopefully this will help the hamstring heal as I am getting quite sick of the pain. I can’t really forward bend very well at all and as result this is also making my lower back sore as I don’t feel like I am getting to stretch out enough.

I’m hoping to go to practice tomorrow as I’m home alone this weekend, it will be my first Sunday this year!

My practice is definitely regressing – 3 months on from changing from a 6 day a week practice to a 3 day a week practice it really shows. At the moment I am managing three mornings at the shala and usually about one half practice at home on a Sunday. Today was better than yesterday, even practicing two days in a row feels better than just one on it’s own. When I started practice, many years ago, a teacher told me that I would need to do three practices a week in order to progress, I beg to differ now. Things I used to be able to do without question feel difficult again, twists and binds are harder. My forward bending is stiff, although the hamstring issue is partly to blame for this, my back bending is rubbish!!

Sigh. My goal is to do four mornings a week, but it’s hard to achieve that whilst inhabiting ‘reasonably new boyfriend‘ land! At least I am happy and content with the rest of my life 🙂 I shouldn’t complain really!