Monday, October 25, 2010

Astanga

As I moved through my Intermediate poses this morning, I felt a tangible sense of relief. For the first time since I received them in August, I understand what I'm doing in these poses and why I'm doing them. They now make sense to me.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the backbending workshop. Among other things, D went through the first 7 poses of the Intermediate Series in careful detail.

I was elated! When D gave me the poses in August, he instructed me in each one, but quickly and quietly. I didn't ask a lot of questions (because I didn't know what to ask!). I forgot many of the details and some of the alignment points went over my head. Unfortunately, I wasn't there long enough for follow-up.

In the workshop, we moved through these poses in sequence, so it was easy to recall each concern and query that had ever popped up as I was practising them at home. Every question I had about alignment and action in these poses was answered. It was such a gift!

I know many of you are waiting to read my thoughts/notes about the workshops. To be honest, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all right now. It was an amazing weekend in every way and I'm feeling deeply grateful to D and J for sharing their knowledge.

Rather than a five-page run of 'workshop notes', the details of what I learned are probably just going to pop up organically in my blog over the coming weeks, as I work through things in my practice. My week has already started and in between my practice, teaching and a series of medical appointments that are dominating my mornings this week, I simply won't have time to write very much.

My practice this morning spanned two-and-a-half hours! It was lengthy in part because I was tired and sore (my right psoas has been going into spasm every time I lift my leg and I have a pathetic, non-yoga-related injury to deal with too). I'm also still processing everything I had learned over the weekend and figuring out how it fits in my practice. As I practised, I was consulting notes, correcting misalignments, adding things and subtracting other things.

Hip and shoulder openers are in. Dropbacks, at least for now, are OUT. Hangbacks with properly aligned feet are in. Standing up is out until I can drop back properly (I really *was* listening carefully to the little lecture about 'splayed out feet' in backbends).

I'm even experimenting with a different approach to my meditation practice.

Even though my body is tired and I'm feeling overwhelmed by my schedule, I'm content and happy with my practice. This seems to make all the difference.

I'll get through the week just fine.

********************
Here's something we *didn't* learn in the workshop this weekend, but then again, this isn't strictly a YOGA exercise...




I'm a bit unnerved that 'bust line improvement' seems to be a group activity.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

5 comments:

Haley-O (Cheaty) said...

Wow! 2.5 hours! When do you fit that in? Are you like DR who wakes up at 3am!?! Amazes me!

KateR said...

Hi Kai,

wonderful to hear you enjoyed D and J.

Am intrigued (and a little worried!) about the feet-splaying-in-back-bend lecture. Am a naughty foot splayer myself and getting worried about it...

I know you don't want to write reams, but may I have your views on the essence of the lecture?

With regards,
KateR

sarah said...

so happy for your deep enrichment & generosity of yor teachers. take your time. it's really all you can do. as you absorb it will emerge in blog, your teaching, etc.

Claudia said...

I can totally understand and I guess it might be better that your knowledge comes organically as you go with the blog, rather than just pointers, although when you did those a while back they were good, but all changes, all is coming.

That is a funny picture there!

amaranthinestudent said...

When you feel up to it, and if you don't mind sharing. I am dying to read what you learned that made you decide to give up drop backs! Since I started reading the drop-back/stand-up story has been such a huge part of the blog.

Glad it was such a great experience!