There is a rather unknown muscle, but it exist. It is between upper body and legs, it's on the hips. I cannot explain it better and this muscle can help to improve paschimottanasana like all the forward bending asanas. Simple try to engage it to make the distance between legs and body smaller. That's it.
What comes after the standing sequnce in the primary Ashtanga series is forward bending, forward bending, forward bending. What shall I say: strong legs help to avoid injuries. Patience is more important than the greedy wish to want it NOW. Few asanas thighten the body. Paschimottanasana is stretching forward.
Engaging the bandhas help to go deeper. The mind can support the pose: "forward" might be a thought. With each inhaling I stretch, with each exhaling I lower the bodies from the hips. It's all about the hips. Too round backs are not so nice.
Ganesh sits on my back and adjusts me. lol. Shall he remove obstacle in business. This is his responsibility I've learned.
It was a relaxed day here. I cooked dinner: mushrooms in white wine sauce with parsley. When I asked my bf if he liked it he said: it was not enough. Hahahaha, he liked it.
Iwrote the list of the ingredients in my calender. On the backside of the page I wrote how I prepared this simple but astute dinner. This helps me to save time. On my way home I can stop at a vegetable dealer. I don't have to go out a second time for ingredients to prepare a meal. My yoga is time consuming. I always try to make life simpler.
Today I practiced the soft chandra krama sequence from the book by Sweeney. I enjoyed it.
It needs concentration to start with the left side always as I start with the right side always in Ashtanga yoga. This helps to wake up, to practice more consciously.
Tomorrow the second series is on the schedule!!!! My yoga week starts on Sundays.