I feel blessed to come back to the shala at Pure: Rolling out the mat without any wait time, reconnecting with my great teacher, having room all around me, being able to do Uttita Hasta (video) in the front of the mat not worrying about losing balance or hitting a neighbor. Oh the wonders! I am grateful.
The place where I notice the biggest difference is in the dristhi (eye focus points for each pose), all that talk during conference made me very aware of the important role that keeping the eyes in check plays for concentration.
The fiery element associated with the eyes is obvious, they want to jump and look around, in my case even more than anyone else’s, or so I feel.
All the distractions around in Mysore (people practicing very advanced poses, Sharath and Saraswatti walking around, Sharath’s 3-year-old screaming “you finish!”) forced me to try harder. And so, on my first practice here back home, even though glad to see everyone, once the practice started the focus took over, I went inwards and sweat-ed Mysore style in a cold NYC February day.
Now that I feel a little over the hill on the “pain” part of the primary series, and by that I only mean it does not hurt “as” much, something new and delicious is flourishing, yoga is doing me it seems.
Ayela came over to help me with prasarita D, where the hands touching down seemed a lot closer than I remember them being pre-India, and then she also helped me with a deeper than ever Marichasna A which I quite enjoyed.
I did the intermediate part of the practice again for the first time since returning, and had no expectations as one would considering I had not touched it for over a month.
I took it on stride when Sharath said that the best way to progress in asana is to focus on perfecting the poses we have rather than greedily trying to gain new frontiers on new ones. In a way I even felt a little guilty travelling through pasassana and carrying on with second series, but the breathing felt so inviting, the poses opened me, and the air went where no air had ever gone before.
I am thinking of making a video where I do a dance saying “Do your practice – all is coming” I sort of picture rotating the hips a lot and clapping my hands. Not sure my PR person will allow me to videotape such dance, but I might try…
I don’t have a PR person, but when I tried making a video of my understanding of “nutation” a few months back (basically me thrusting my pelvis back and forth) HB suggested maybe it was not such a good idea. I guess that makes him the “quality control” guy. So, no PR, just QC.
In any event, happy camper ashtangi here! and I just heard that the groundhog did not see his shadow this year so spring is in the air, or so I want to believe.
picture from here.