Monday, November 18, 2013
Stable and comfortable
If an asana is stable and comfortable, it starts becoming possible to concentrate on the breathing (and not on the pain or discomfort). This is the goal. When the asanas are stable and comfortable practicing yoga is pure joy. Yet it can take years till this can be reached. Most asanas of primary are comfortable for me after 10 years of Ashtanga practice. I was warned by a friend in India that it can last so long. She was right.
Sthira sukham asanam.
There are always yoginis in Gokulam and they write about the stay there: Here is a link to a conference with Sharath. It's worth reading.
During the weekend I went to bed rather late, I got up late, too. So this morning it was not so easy to get up, but I knew what would expect me. So I got up, put on warm clothes. A cap should keep me super warm when I walked through the night to the Airyoga. One never regrets when one has practiced.
I cannot explain it, but I'm not really stiff so early in the morning. I enjoyed my practice, primary and second series till bakasana. I get so many adjustments, I'm more than happy. I'm again optimistic, that my back bending develops. Finally I get professional support in kapotasana again. This pose can only get better...
The atmosphere in the morning Mysore class is without comparison. The time plays an important role here for sure. All the yoginis are concentrated on the practice. All yoginis look in one direction when they practice, this might bring additional calmness in the room. There is no running to the restroom (it's upstairs, so this seem to make it possible not to go), or running to the changing room to check the mobile phone (!), as the changing rooms are upstairs, too. There are no blocks, straps, bags and blankets everywhere on the floor, that one has to push around to create place again and again in order to be able to perform some asanas. This, too brings visual calmness in the beautiful room at Airyoga. This is simplicity. In the shala I see yoginis on colorful mats. That's it. More distraction would be too much. What we have now in Munich at Airyoga is a Mysore class similar to that in India. What a luxury.
At 9pm I was at home. Super, I thought, I've a full day to do all the stuff that needs to be done.
I cannot explain this either, but I feel fit and full of energy after having practiced so early.