Monday, November 23, 2009

Astanga

Now I'm obsessed with downward facing dog photos.

I glanced at a photo of Beryl Bender Birch in downdog and her arms seem a bit funky. Arjuna has a bit of that going on (maybe it's an Astanga thing?). Google images shows a wide range of different alignments. I can't tell anything from the photos in Maehle's book (but seriously, that woman doing the pose has NO body fat). And David Swenson just looks like he's carved out of alabaster.

I guess I can be concerned about it, or just carry on. I'm carrying on.

This morning, I stumbled through a lethargic and sub-par half-Primary. It was one of those practices where my driste was everywhere but where it needed to be and I was paying a lot of attention to hangnails. Every time I think that meditation is honing my ability to focus, I have a scattered practice like this one and I just roll my eyes.

I skipped Janu Sirsasana C and Marichyasana C & D.

My left deltoid is now fine - six days exactly. The sore left shoulder/upper back is feeling better. But now the right rhomboid is sore.

I figure ice hockey should finish me off nicely. The finals are tonight and somehow, my team ended up in second place. We're playing for the championship. No matter if we get it - the real prize is the coveted early game (no one likes to play late because there's a party at the pub afterward with free booze and pizza).

We might win - there are some great players on my team. But the other team is ferocious (”Grrrrrr”). I'll be lucky if I leave the ice with either one of my arms intact. Then my downward facing dog will look *really* interesting :-D

3 comments:

annabella said...

Do you think a lot of ashtangis have that arm thing going on (I don't know what else to call it, LOL) because most of them are really open? If I'm in an ashtanga room, most people look like that.

I hope you won!

Michelle said...

Good luck with your game Kai. Hopefully you come out unscathed.

Kaivalya said...

@annabella
That's really interesting! I think you're right. I've only been in one astanga room and I was so determined to keep my Driste that morning, I didn't really look around me very much.

I think it might be related to having thin, muscular arms, maybe? It seems to be a side-effect of Astanga.

When I first started doing this practice, that was the main comment I got from people: "Your arms look really strong!"