Full Primary today. I just hopped on the mat and got on with it because I had a busy day ahead of me.
I'm not using Ujjayi breathing in my practice right now because I have a slightly dry throat and I don't want to make it dryer. To be honest, I think I'm fighting a bug. There's a plague going around and the girlfriend is in quarantine with a severe respiratory viral infection. This is exactly the type of plague that struck me about six times last winter, when my immune system was still shaky from my illness.
So, understandably, I'm nervous about it. I'm taking ColdFX, Echineacea, Vitamin C, drinking tonnes of water and getting adequate sleep every night. So far, I'm fine, but no Ujjayi for me until this dry throat passes. It's very weird doing the practice without the breathing - it feels incomplete.
Another new trend in my practice: Snap, crackle pop in my some of my joints, especially my right hip! It doesn't hurt at all, but it makes loud noises. The symphony isn't exclusive to yoga either - sometimes the pops happen when I'm walking around the apartment (or around a classroom while teaching yoga, startling my students). I wish the EZBoard was still active so I could query the masses.
Anyone have thoughts on my sudden popping? Do I worry? Not worry? Is my body experiencing some massive opening?
I'm still developing strategy for my backbending project. I've decided to start laying over blocks for at least five minutes every day to bring some flexibility into my thoracic back.
In the meantime, I'll start posting State-of-the-Backbend photos again on Saturdays. Here's today's: