I am rubbing my hands together in glee right now.
Today, right after practice, Teacher told me "I was going to move you on today... *mumble mumble... something something*" ...I was in my post-Savasana haze and was like "...huh? Say what?"
And then she said it, something along the lines of "Intermediate... it's coming. I'll move you on some time this week to the intermediate series."
*GRAB TEACHER'S ARM*
*DO A HAPPY DANCE*
Actually, it was more like I was jumping all around her, almost squealing in joy. I think she half-regretted telling me that, coz then she said "Don't get too excited now!"
Ashtanga teachers are a funny breed, aren't they? HAHAHA, how did she expect I'd react by telling me THAT?!
So then I replied "Oh yes, yes, non-attachment. Practice non-attachment." and stopped jumping up and down.
And she nodded and said "Yes, that's right".
AWESOMENESS!!! ...So when it finally does happen "some time this week", I'll be sure to broadcast it by loudhailer on here. Of course you know I would. Heh.
On the nuts & bolts of practice today... it was the first practice I had since putting food back in my system again (yes that's right, I skipped yesterday's practice... only coz I was sooooo super absorbed in my new hobby of jewellery-making that I missed BOTH morning & afternoon classes. But will write about that another time).
Last night, I didn't have much of a dinner... just the remainder of the cherries (well, it was still a huge bowl full), and I was munching through Special K while watching TV. (I like to think Special K's a smidgen healthier than munching on potato crisps, even though it's filled with an amazing amount of sugar. Just don't read the ingredients list too closely.) :p
Pleased to report that I managed the Mari D wrist binds again today, although I can definitely feel a difference in the twists between the empty belly I had while on the detox, and even on a belly that wasn't full of THAT much food from yesterday.
When it came to Supta Kurmasana, the shala was pretty full, and I was waiting in Kurmasana for quite a while to get an assist. So... you know me... I was curious to see how and if I could still get this bloody bind now that I had a bit of food in my gut. And... VOILA! I managed a 5-finger bind! I hooked 2 or 3 finger-tips together and gradually puuuuuuuulled them into a 5-finger bind.
I think if I'd had pasta for dinner, I probably wouldn't have been able to manage this. I am thoroughly convinced of this. I am just super amazed by what a difference the amount of food... er... in your gut can make to your practice. Well, to MY practice, at least. NOW I understand why Kino only ate some dried fruit & nuts for dinner in that article from way back when on Arturo's blog. I am seeing where she was coming from now. Goodness knows if she still eats like that now, but hmm... maybe that's something I would consider doing too. Hey, it's all about the practice, dudes! ;)
Now I've got to wait a whole day till tomorrow (and another day for practice) comes. Sigh. Non-attachment sucks!!!