Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Eka pada sirsasana


I had a wonderful practice. Wonderful because I didn't make any breaks, concentration was good.

My pain in the overstretched legs was felt only a bit. I'll take a bath and I'll put rubbing alcohol on it now after this practice. This morning I also took two magnesium to keep my muscles relaxed and in peace. No extra stress is planned for them for a while, no split poses.

If I want to improve my practice, my asanas, my vinyasas, my breath, my concentration, my relaxation, I must practice, practice, practice. This is the open secret.

The eka pada sirsasana on the picture does not convince me. But that's the current status. My chin must move forward. I don't know what I shall tell my leg so that it remains behind my head, without holding it. Answers will come. Till then I work on engaging the stretched leg and moving my chin forward. Next time I will check if I engage my bandhas. This could help, too.

I exercise this pose also while lying on the back. Then the neck pushes back the leg and opens the hips much more than I'm able to do it when practicing the above asana. When lying on the back this pose is easier and my leg remains behind the head without the support of my hand.

In the afternoon I wanted to take a nap, but the book by Gregor Maehle on second series fell into my hand, and then I couldn't stop reading anymore. These leg behind head poses strengthen the back and the upper chest and they make the hips flexible. It's a "no" pose re to him an anal pose. Back bending are "yes" poses as they open the front side. To apply the theory of Sigmund Freud on the Ashtanga yoga is really interesting.

It's the next morning now, and I'm really motivated to practice in a Mysore class. I've taken my magnesium already.

1 comment:

Quentin said...

I am striving for Ashtanga yoga practice improvements in all areas; however i have noticed more benefits when I do not focus on getting each challenging pose nailed.
My belief is that for one to obtain the meditative flow in Ashtanga yoga, one should focus on the mula bandha and breath control. This messages the organs in abdominal area.

Breath Frequency

5 cycles per minute results in more mental function, more awareness, glands coordinate at enhanced level giving us the meditative state of being.

Higher rates of breath control will not produce this higher state of being and awareness.

So the yoga student should focus less on nailing each pose and devote the practice to mula bandha, breath control 4-5 cycles per minute, and dristhi.
In my humble opinion.