Friday, April 15, 2011

Sweating is part of it

Sweating is part of the Ashtanga yoga system.

Our bodies are all different. It is said that men sweat more and easier than women as they have more perspiratory glands. We all are able to sweat more or less.

To practice in warm rooms facilitates sweating.

I usually do not sweat much, but sweating during my yoga practice developed like my practice. Beside the hot room the reasons why this is so is firstly I breathe deeply during my practice. I used to forgot it in the first years. Secondly I'm much more able to reach my limits. I've learned how to put energy in a practice, how to exhaust myself, how to be focused. I go on when it gets tough. This develops with the time.

Oh, I had an excellent practice this morning. Urdhva dhanurasana was fantastic, I had the feeling it will happen that I stand up from this pose during my life span.
I could jump into buja pindasana.
What drives me crazy is that I feel like napping in the afternoon. I sleep like a dead person. Also my naps intensified. Perhaps my entire life became more and more intensive...hahahaha.

I rediscovered the book: "Happy yoga" by Steve Ross. I recommend it for those who are interested in 7 reasons why there is nothing to worry about. Inspiring book, inspiring yogi.


Flo said...

I love that book :) A good friend recommended to me some time ago. :)

Ursula said...

It IS fantastic! One of my favourite ones. Yeah.

Tracy said...

Is that little precious girl in the photo you? It reminds me of when I was little and had a little pet banti rooster. It would follow me around wherever I went~

Ursula said...

Oh, it's not me. A friend send me the photo and I loved it at first sight. And I love hens....:)

Quentin said...

Thanks for your blog which has made me realize practice at home greatly improves the asanas more than going to local hatha yoga studio where they do the same poses with very little variation and challenging poses that I need to work on more.

I sweated today more mading video of my Ashtanga home practice. Afterwards I worked on doing 3 sets of full wheel with trying to do 30 breaths each set, but alas I could not do the 30 breaths each time. I also did thunderbolt with buns resting on floor between heels 3 sets of 30 breaths and also supine thunderbolt with head and buns slightly touching the floor doing 30 breaths each set. The wheel sets exhausted me, maybe each day will increase number of breaths to 30.

Quentin said...

did you see Sherath's class live feed from NYC?

Ursula said...

Hi Quentin,
Making videos can really be challenging. It's a most helpful tool.

Gregor Miehle recommended in his book to hold ud longer than 5 breaths. He recommended 15 breaths. It shall be a good preparation for karandavasana in 2nd series where strong back muscles are needed in order to come up again.

Take care that your feet are paralell when you practice ud so intensively. At home I use a strap around my upper legs to guarantee this.