Friday, July 30, 2010
How often shall one practice the surya namaskaras?
1. As long as a yogi/yogini does not practice the complete first series it is the rule that he/she does 5 surya namaskara As and 5 surya namaskara Bs.
2. Later, when the first series is complete, one practices only 5 surya namaskara As and 3 surya namaskara Bs.
This makes also sense, as the first series aims at building strength for different reasons:
1. Without strength some asanas are simply not possible.
2. Strength and engaging the muscles protect from injuries.
3. We need strenght also in daily life, not only flexibility.
How do we build strength when practicing the first Ashtanga series:
1. Strength can be build by practicing the surya namaskara As and Bs 5 times.
2. When performing an asana muscles are engaged, other body parts are open and relaxed, but there are always muscles that are engaged. An example: When doing paschimottanasana the thighs are engaged. Slowly this builds up strenght.
3. We build strength when we practice the vinyasa not only between the different asanas, but also between sides.
4. The bandhas are also muscles to be engaged.
To engage the leg muscles when I do the standing poses and the sitting poses is something I discovered rather late. It makes a difference. The poses become stable. It is as if I give myself an adjustment. The feet come easy in the right position.
Today was the last Mysore class with M for the next two months. I will practice much more often alone during that time. I have a plan, but this is another post. I practiced with care today, as I am not 100% on top. Nevertheless back bending was excellent. I understand the movement now. Tomorrow is my day off and on Sunday I will practice as usual at home. My overstretched muscles and swollen joints and overstretched knee ligaments can relax and heal as I will practice a bit more modest at home than in a Mysore class. Surely.
David Swenson and his bible: