Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Interesting, interesting. I appreciate nowadays that I take a day off from yoga each week. It is the Saturday. My practices are very intensive during the week.
This was not always the case and then I felt the urge to practice on Saturdays as I had a lot of time during the weekend (no job).
During this day off, I have the feeling as if
1. my body adopts what it was learning during the week. It recovers from the effort.
2. Also motivation remains on a high level.
3. I have a bit more time for all the other things that have to be done, too. This reduces the stress level, too.
I have not the feeling that my body becomes too stiff due to one day off, even though the day off can be felt during the next practice. I usually start with primary again, it is "modester" than second series.
Not to practice on Saturdays is somehow a holy ritual in the community. When I informed yoginis that I practiced on Saturday during my stay in Gokulam and that I couldn't make an appointment during the morning hours, some didn't get it. But Saraswati had offered her led classes on Saturdays. Why not. The believe had developped in the community that Saturday is a day off and this is holy and every yogi/yogini has to respect this. What shall not be, also cannot be.
Yesterday I read the story behind this rule. Hahahaha. Yes, the book "Guruji" (see below) is great. I read the chapter with Nancy Gilgoff who was one of the first, or even the first woman who went to Mysore 30 years ago to learn Ashtanga yoga from P. Jois. That years P. Jois taught every day!!!! almost the entire day with a break of 2 hours in the afternoon. His family wanted to see him, too and so he stopped teaching on Saturdays. Yes. This is the reason why yogis/yoginis do not practice on Saturdays and not because it is tradition, written down on leaves, necessary for the body, and and and.........
Now I also know why the CD by Sharath is so fast........
This book gives me more information that I thought I could get. I learn how Ashtanga yoga was taught 30 years ago, how it was in India that time and much much more.
Picture: It shows how I approach gomukhasana. It is not how it is supposed to be. Finally one has to sit and balance the body on the calves and I sit between my legs so far. But this is my starting point.
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