Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I admire travelling yoginis


I'm back home from a short trip to the north of Germany. My yoga mat was with me, yet I didn't use it. It's possible to practice Ashtanga yoga when travelling, yet it's difficult. I usually adjust to the rhythm of the hosts. During trips the schedule changes. I also sleep longer. However...... I'm back and I slept so good last night and so long. That is I'll practice at home........

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Intensity

Sunday: I slept in..... I accomplished a lot off the mat.
Monday: I slept in..... I cannot even remember to have heard the alarm clock.... was busy all day.
Tuesday: I slept in.... practiced at home in the morning.

Today I woke up without alarm clock and I went to the Mysore class. My practice is so much more intensive when I practice in a group.
At home my kapotasana attempts are lousy. I need to get adjusted here. This motivates me to give the rest of energy that is still available after 2 hours.

Path and goal belong together. Both have their qualities. One shall not underestimate the beauty of the path. To know where to go is important, too.









Thursday, May 07, 2015

From kurmasana or supta kurmasana to tittibhasana to bakasana



I look at the picture and study how I can get from the first picture to the second picture.

Ashtanga yoga is not only about the asanas it's also about how to connect them: the vinyasas.


Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Jumping back...


This is indeed the first step - see picture. One must be able to lift up the body. From there the challenge starts. One must move the upper body forwards....The shoulder girdle shall help here. The feet shall not touch the floor when the body moves forward.

This movement is so demanding.

I wonder: what can I do what can I do......... perhaps I should film to see where I'm stuck....

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

I went


Party time is over. A new year has started for me. It was a highlight for me that I could practice on the day of my birth. Then I was busy with my guests. We all had so much fun that it's very likely that I plan another party next year.....

So today I went to the Mysore class after a few days off. It was not easy to find the way out of the bed, yet I got up and went.

I had no expectations. Just doing it was my motto.
I'm curious what will be my last asana next year....... :)


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kurmasana


Very late I learned that one has to lift up the body. Only the arms and the chin touch the floor.

It's important to know the goal.

One day I found out which messages I must give my body. It's not: 'Lift up the feet'. It's rather stretch the legs. Then the heels come up from alone. In the beginning it can help to point the toes. This can be an interim step. It also helps to press the arms against the floor.

Sometimes it helps to experiment.

PS: It helps to slide the feet forwards on the floor (not on the sticky mat).

Monday, April 27, 2015

Urdhva mukha paschimottanasana


A tiny alteration can be seen. I move into the pose while the hands hold the feet from the side. When I'm in that pose I hold my heels. That way it's easier to adjust oneself, that is to bring the legs closer to the body. It makes a difference.

Upavishta konasana A and B



The toes are not pointed. It might make it easier in the beginning to point the toes. Today I checked how P. Jois is performing this poses and how M. Sweeney is performing this poses and they both do it the same way. It's just a detail. I'm not sure if it's so important.

This morning I practiced at home and I took pictures of primary Ashtanga series. I'm rather happy with the results.

Yet I also know on which asanas I want to focus: It's the back bending. It's also the vinyasas. For me it makes more sense to add a home practice and focus on these asanas than to go to a led class.