February 2010


Last week my yoga practice was disrupted by some toe-rag who stole the back wheel from my bike. Without my bike, there is no quick and easy way to get to the shala. Anyway, I found a discarded wheel around the corner from where my bike was parked (a straight swap?) and have temporarily adopted it. It seems a bit broken, but it’s getting me from A to B until I have the time to get a proper replacement sorted out.

So, progress last week was getting head to floor in Bhujapidasana, this was followed by a totally uncontrolled coming up again where my head came up and my bottom crashed to the floor – how unsightly. This week I have been able to pull myself together a bit and have been able to control the transition into bakansana. All good.

This weeks other progress is that I am jumping back again from seated. This really does feel like good progress when I consider how much of my strength I had lost when I came back to the shala after Christmas. I am still not jumping back into chatturanga in the sun salutations, but maybe soon?

I had an urdvha danhurasana adjust from D today, it was wonderful. She clamped my elbows together enough to get lift through the shoulders. The backbend felt nice until afterwards when my lower back seemed to tighten up completely, preventing me from doing a second one. Ah well, every little counts.

Next month, supta K again? After that it’s really all a home run until I’m doing full primary again…

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For no explainable reason, I had a lovely practice this morning. Finally I am beginning to feel a little more like my old self. It was refreshing and has made me feel optimistic. However, I will no doubt have a rubbish practice tomorrow, having just said that.

My vinyasas felt strong, forward bends were supple, shoulder was just about holding out. Twists were ok and my spine not nagging.My head went to the floor with ease in the prasaritas and H got my hands to the floor. In the seated poses I had some great adjustments and alignment felt good. After Navasana I decided to have a go at bhujapidasana. Getting in and crossing my ankles was fine, but I didn’t bother to try and lower my head to the floor as even starting to engage the required muscles made my shoulder hurt. It’s all good though, one day at a time.

At the end of practice I was even able to push up into a decent (for me) back bend. L then helped me drop back and whilst concentrating on relaxing the shoulders, keeping the chest lifted and legs strong, even they felt OK!!

One thought that did occur to me whilst enjoying my practice was that it is great not to have piriformis pain… however, if I ever get as far as baddha konasana again, I fear it may return.

A great morning 🙂