First of all I can’t believe it’s been 21 weeks! Now that I’ve recovered from module 3 and my brief hatred of my yoga mat, it’s time to make some resolutions before the final module and exams.
1. Read more consistently and attentively, especially the stuff I don’t like.
2. Practise the module quizzes.
3. Learn off the important muscles and exercises to strengthen them.
4. Do a headstand without the wall and get into Pincha Mayurasana and Adho Mukha Vrksasana without support.
5. Buy a new mat – one without biro and highlighter stains. This may be my reward for finishing the course!
Monday, 13 August: First class back. Would have been a lovely practice if I hadn’t pulled my triceps, hamstrings and groin having an argument with a horse on Saturday. Vira II was agony! But a lovely sequence and worth taking down some notes:
Started with pranayama
Came to lying on backs to stretch lengthways and towards the ceiling. Loosened out by shaking limbs in the air – aptly described as insect stuck on its back pose.
Rock and rolled from Halasana to Dandasana several time and came to squat. Rolled up to Tadasana.
· Unusual variations on S.N. repeated 3-4 times:
o Arms wept out to Uktasana,
o step right foot back to high lunge,
o Urdhva Mukha Svanasana,
o Adho Mukha Svanasana,
o step left foot forward to low lunge,
o Step right foot to meet left, Uttanasana
· Vira II sequence:
o Revolved Vira II
o Vira II
· Balancing sequence
o Vira I
o Vira III
o Pavritta Ardha Chandrasana
· Balancing sequence II:
o Vira I
o Vira III
o Sweep elevated leg forward and take hold of foot, Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
o Extend leg and sweep back to Natarajasana (King of the Dancers pose)
· 3 point Sirsasana (headstand) into a balance that was new to me, with one leg crossed along back of forearms. (some googling later I believe it was Eka Pada Galavasana (Flying Pigeon)) Needless to say it did not look like this when I attempted it, but I was pretty happy to do a passable 3 point Sirsasana: