It's out of question: To do nothing is not the resolution. Yesterday my practice was so painful that I wondered what I can do today to make my practice a pleasant experience. I know that many of the yogis and yoginis suffer from overstretched hamstrings from time to time.
It's time for a brainstorming what can be done till the body is healed:
1. Instead of practicing primary it's possible to practice second series. This is one more reason to learn the second series as soon as possible like it was the customs in Mysore before the Ashtanga boom began. The second series has many balancing asanas and back bending asanas. Some of the deep forward bending asanas are with bended knees, this does not stretch the hamstrings.
2. It's possible to focus on other aspects of the practice, like the vinyasas.
3. Why not practicing the sun salutations and then learning something new, like pranayama in the middle part, before the closing sequence.
4. One can be creative and chose to practice those asanas that can be done without stretching the hamstrings. One rule to consider is:
- after a forward bending asana follows a counter pose, a slighter back bending (upward facing dog i.e.)
- after a backbending asana follows a counter pose, a slighter forward bending asana (downward facing dot i.e.)
- When you want to switch from back bending to forward bending asanas, separate them with twist asanas.
5. Exercising visualization can be an alterntative: imagining oneself doing asanas is a possibility, or imagining a beautiful tree or a flower or any other object.
6. Chant Aum in the middle part as meditation.
7. Light a candle and look at it, expand your concentration abilities and stay positive.
What will I do today?
1. I'll start again with the CD by Sharath till the end of the standing sequence.
2. Then I'll practice second series.
What do you do when your hamstrings are overstretched?
Thanks for sharing your secrets!