Friday, June 18, 2010
Yesterday evening I studied the bible, the book by Lino Miele and P. Jois. Each time when I go through this book, I discover something new. When I practice alone I like to do full vinyasa. I thought one begins the asanas with samasthiti only in the middle part of the practice. But also the last asanas of the closing sequence start with samasthithi if one wants to practice full vinyasas.
Full vinyasa feels good to me. It shall also help me to build strength. I have the feeling that I need more strength for second series. To lift the body up when I am in karandavasana is only possible with very strong arms. Full vinyasas can support to build strenght as much more push ups are done.
Yesterday after class we had an interesting conversation. A yogini complained how difficult it is to bind when doing the twists. Another yogini said that it is easy for her as she has long arms, but then the pose has no more the same effect, because the spine needn't turn so much in order to bind. This woman practiced Ashtanga yoga only for a few months, but has so much understanding. To have it easy or to do quickly a pose is not the goal. The poses have all an effect on the body. To have this effect is the goal. Sometimes it can be better not to be able to do an asana so quickly. This woman said that her challenge is to build strength. This is in my opinion another wisdom. There are challenges for everybody. If no challenge is felt, one does not practice correctly. The practice surely becomes easier, but challenges remain.
The soccer players want to win, we yoginis and yogis cannot win, we can only enjoy our practice.....
Shall this be my attitude today.......less ambition, more joy.
And now my second cup of coffee.......