Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Moving Along...

As some of you might already know, I skipped Tuesday's practice coz I just couldn't bring myself onto the mat. Then, yesterday was moon day so no practice either. Today, I was a little bit scared to get on the mat again, for fear of blubbering my way through in the shala (this wouldn't have been a problem if I had a home practice, but somehow in order to force myself out of bed THAT early in the morning, I need to have somewhere to go to or I just wouldn't have the discipline to crawl outta bed). Go figure.

Anyways, I'm glad I did it. I had a nice practice. Nothing new to report, no breakthroughs... except you know me and my fascination with how what I eat affects the next day's practice... and I noticed the twists and binds were definitely harder today because of my soba noodles last night.

This was the first dinner in a couple weeks that hasn't been light and raw, plus... it was full of carbs... it was EXACTLY what I felt like for dinner last night so I'm not complaining. It's just an observation. I couldn't quite catch my wrists today in Mari D, had to stick to finger binds. Though I was still able to catch my fingers in Supta Kurmasana. Barely.

It's weird. Dinner was like 12 hours before practice, so don't ask me why it makes such a difference, it just does. Plus, my digestive system has always been my sensitive point, I seem to "feel my way" through there. HAHA.

The Pasasana bind came easily though. But here's the thing... I'm on tiptoes, I'm twisting and binding, but my drishti's on the floor in front of me. The moment I turn my head back to the correct Parsva drishti, my balance goes off. The same with trying to get my heels down. My coolie-squatting genes are only valid for regular squats that face forwards with no twists and binds, so I'm trying to "mutate" them further... enhance this squatting gene pool (except I'm not sure what good this will be when it comes to natural selection).

(Photo credit here)

Teacher was observing me get the bind in Pasasana, then she came to help me get feet flat and get a SUPREMO twist going. On the other side, she stopped to watch me get into the bind, then helped again with getting heels flat / more of a twist. At the end of it, she said "You'll get the next pose".


So I stupidly did my vinyasa, then waited on the mat. (She did say I'd get the next pose, right?!)

Then I looked up, she looked at me and said "Do your vinyasa".

I said "I did!"

Then she said "Next pose for you on Sunday".

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA. How was I supposed to know?!

It's nice though, how the practice is always there for you. And gives you a little bit of joy like today. :)


  1. I read the last line:
    "And gives you a little bit of joy like today." and somehow my brain twisted it into "And gives you a little bit of a joke each day."

    ha ha ha!!! Both are true!

    Next pose! wooo wheee! Can't wait for the report (why do we find these things exciting? Are we nuts?)

  2. Haha, it's funny that YOU'RE excited... I mean... you know Krounchasana inside out and can do it in your sleep so it's great that you're excited for me but I find that really cute too. :p

    Good point about the joke bit too. (but seriously, what else was I supposed to think when she said I was getting a new pose? I felt like an over-eager dog waiting for the bone.) hehe.

  3. I love krounchasana, it's one of my all-time favourites! Woo woo!

  4. hmmm next pose on Sunday, what a nice feeling :-)

  5. What's that line from Naruda, "I dont love her, that's certain but perhaps I love her'. I feel the opposite about Krounchasana. 'I don't hate it but perhaps I hate it. I Kinda like the whole process of getting into it but when I then look objectively my leg is always bent whatever I do....No, it's certain, I hate it.

  6. Yeah, I don't like it much either! Part of the problem stems from too many teachers telling me how it should be done, all with their own "flavour". One Certified teacher wanted me to keep the back and neck very straight, looking up, leg held slightly away from the body, not touching. Another Senior teacher corrected me and said my head must touch, but my forehead and not my chin. Other teachers tell me to touch chin. So while I am in the pose, my mind is scrambled with endless "how should I be doing this today?" thoughts. My body doesn't find the pose that difficult, but my mind does!

    All that being said, I love doing the vinyasa into it, the shooting the leg through and up.

  7. Phew! I'll let you guys know how it goes on Sunday! When I last did Krounchasana, I remember loving it. It's like a variation of trianga-mukha-eka-padha-paschimottanasana (incidentally, I luv that other pose for its difficult name alone!) ...except it's with extended leg up in the air. My issue with either pose is with the sitting bones... mine are never even (unless I get an adjust). Bah.


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