Before chanting I do these three exercises. It's an easy start, it warms up my body. It's passive, so even on low energy days this is doable and most of the time I keep going then.
- The first 2 poses I got from M.. It prepares my body for back bending. I breathe deeply, especially the inhaling shall be deep.
- Afterwards I hang forward. This feels good for my legs. I stretch slowly and when I feel good and flexible, I start chanting. Then the show can begin....:)
For me today the Ashtanga yoga season has started. M is back. So many yoginis/yogis practiced in the shala. It fulfilled me with joy to see them all back for the next round. I had forgotten how much energy I can get from practicing in a group. I'm indeed thankful that I can do this all.
Not one single book is on the floor anymore. This makes cleaning so much easier. A simple life fits to a yogic lifestyle. Ashtanga yoga is time-consuming. The rest of the life must be simple therefore. I worked hard during the last days. The result is beautiful. Less things, less chores, more time for the essential things....
PS: This morning I woke up and thought: something is wrong with the pose I posted yesterday. Due to lack of space I didn't stretch the arms over the head. But this is it what I do. This deepens the back bending and stretches the parts of the shoulders.