Thursday, August 19, 2010
This morning I watched a video that a friend had uploaded on her blog. It showed Sri K. Patthabi Jois giving a led class to four men. It was part of third series. The speed astonished me again. Speed is programme.
Speed, yes, why so fast? Because it does not allow thinking. Focusing on the breath is all what is possible. Focusing on what is here and now is the intention and not where to have lunch later or how to make money online.
I also read in the book about Guruji that yogis/yoginis often have fears practicing certain asanas. Not to give time for thinking makes yoginis often practicing asanas they wouldn't be able to do if they were thinking before doing it. To go from handstand into urdhva dhanurasana is i.e. such a pose. When I did it the first time my teacher M didn't tell me what we were doing. Suddenly I was in urdhva dhanurasana. Wow, was I shocked afterwards, but the looping was done already.
This morning I switched on the CD by Sharath. I didn't switch it off after the standing sequence. Crazy me. I had so to say a sweaty led class. Speedy it was, sweaty it was, super it was. Not much thinking happened, not even blog titles came up. I moved, I practiced, I breathed deeply, that was it.
There are a few real challenges when I do primary. I need too much time to get into marichysana C and D. The same is the case for supta kurmasana.
I know some readers have an interest in this topic too: my weight. 2 kilos too much for the time being. 2 kilos less would make this practice, even primary so much easier. Perhaps then I would be able to go into the above asana (marichysana A) within one exhaling. Because of my weight I wear dark yoga clothes. This makes me look slimmer. (Just a joke!!!!) I feel fantastic, but Ashtanga yoga requires a certain commitment to the life style: Early to bed, early up, healthy food.
Afterwards I took a hot bath. I am so into bathing lately. It relaxed all my muscles.
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