Interesting experience: In last posts I wrote about my overstretched legs. I travelled to my parents and made a break of three days. Secretly I hoped my legs would be better afterwards. Yesterday I went to a led class and it was worse again. The conclusion. It would have been better to practice modestly and with care than not to practice at all.
Ashtanga yoga is for every day.
In my opinion are injuries more likely after years of practicing. In the first years I avoided the edges, my limits. Unconsciously of course. I didn't know the correct technique. When I couldn't reach my toe with my hand, I bended the knee i.e., to overstretch the leg is impossible that way, but this pose also won't do much, flexibility won't improve. The limits are neither really felt nor pushed. I surely also bowed the back.
Nowadays I engage my muscles, the leg is stretched when I bend forward. And I try to keep the back straight. That way my muscles on the back side of the legs get stretched.
Despite this pain in the legs, I did rather well yesterday in the led class. To practice in a group gives energy.
I don't know when it happened that I overstretched my legs, but I think it was when I practiced sanumasana, side split at home. I pushed too hard.
Poses develop slowly. One has to be patient.
To relax the leg muscles I took a bath yesterday and I massaged my muscles with rubbing alcohol. I will take a magnesium or two as well.
Good news: urdhva dhanurasana is more and more a joy. I think it will take another year till I'll be able to come up from this pose. It's OK. To have fun practicing it seems to be progress.
Mysore class this moring for me, I'm looking forward to it.
Picture: A hen. What a beautiful animal.