Monday, November 2, 2009

Sharath in Sydney: Week 2, Day 1

Yesterday's Moon Day was a nice break from practice, except I woke up at 5.30am (about an hour later than usual) and was bright-eyed and bushy tailed. My body was like "What? No practice today?" (but I'm not as gung-ho as Grimmly, who still does a short practice on an official day off!). So I was ready and raring to start WEEK 2 today!!

This week, Sharath's teaching led Primary from 6-8am and led Intermediate from 8-10am. Which meant that even though the room looked full today, there was a little bit more space between mats and it didn't feel as sardine-packed since about a third of the class would be practising later.

He seemed to be in a good mood today. He walked in and saw his regular chair wasn't in its place and said "Eileen, where's my chair?" ...then he laughed. I dunno why but I found that really funny (I'm very easily amused by him).

He lightened up the mood a couple of times by reversing numbers. In Padottanasana it went "ONE... TWO... FOUR... [giggles]... THREE [more giggles]... FIVE". And he did it again I can't remember when now, but I think in Supta Padangusthasana too.

Sirsasana Report:
On my walk to the workshop I felt strangely hungry. But I'd had a big dinner last night so what was up with that. Then I realized it was butterflies in my tummy. Yup, I was already feeling nervous about a Sirasasana 15-count encore!

Anyways, so we came to it today, I held to about his 5th count, came down and went up again for another 3 counts, then came down and went back up AGAIN for about another 2 counts (the most I've ever gone back up again for was twice, so OK... at least I'm trying for a third time now?)

I kept trying to take my legs a little further back, remembering how far it felt when he had adjusted me on Sunday, all the while trying to find that point of balance in the centre. Since I need to re-wire what "straight" feels like with my crooked pelvis, it felt like I was playing around with this today rather than getting panicked.

Legs at 90-degrees: came down after TWO counts, but went back up again for the remainder of his last 5 counts.

OK... slowly but surely I'm getting a bit stronger. There's no hurry to get anywhere, just have to keep reminding myself of this. Monkey mind was much quieter today (coz he wasn't there to distract me! HAHA!)

That's pretty much it for today. Oh yeah, 2 ladies in front of me today asked "are you the one with that blog?" GULP. They saw Sharath adjust me on Sunday then read (and laughed) about it and figured it must've been me.

Sometimes I forget it's not just my mum who reads these posts. Ha.

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  1. I think it's great that your progress is there- even if it's not holding solid the whole time! The fact that you're going back up is really great. I think a lot of people feel weird in headstand since it's alignment, strength, balance, breath, bandhas... wait, that's most of the series. Ashtanga is hard!

    So hilarious that you were identified by your blog!! I'm sure it was super fun to read, especially since they're doing the Sharath practice too! I love reading about experiences through other people's perspectives.

  2. Hahaha! I know! I had a "Uh-oh. BUSTED." moment. It just doesn't click that umm... of course I'm putting myself out there so how can I really be anonymous. I'm still vacillating between setting up a private yoga blog (like you!) or keeping it public here. Can't decide. Sometimes some things just can't be said out loud (especially with me - too many "open mouth, insert foot" moments.)

  3. Hey there! Keep writing, I am loving it! Don't be embarrassed. You are writing what we all are thinking, for sure!

    Signed: One of the Ladies in Front of You!

  4. There's a second week, excellent, been enjoying this series

  5. HAHA, thanks Anne! Sorry didn't get to chat this morning, I was zonked out and not feeling social. Tomorrow will be a better day. :)

    Hey Grimmly, yup, we've got til this Sunday (everyone does led Primary on Sunday, followed by breakfast & coffee). They announced today that there'll be another conference this Friday, so I'm kinda curious to see if there'll be a different topic this week.


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