Monday, 20 August:
Amazing but very challenging class. Made more so by the August mugginess, but it flowed so beautifully that I soon forgot the Monday evening tiredness - and the sweat gathering on my brow. Longer than usual meditation, then a standing warm up: circling feet, hips and neck. Think I prefer warming up on the floor but good for a change and it led into a pranayama in which the the three bandhas are engaged after an exhale (cannot for the life of me remember the name but I have come across some more interesting yoga sites in trying to find out see:
but more anon). As we started talking about the bandhas in my class during the week, I wonder if I can introduce a simplified version to help my students discover their bandhas. Will trial it tomorrow.
Back to the practice and the lovely sequences. Here are a few that I want to practise again:
- Surya Namaskar A x 3.
- S.N.A variation: stepping back into a high lunge, twist with extended arms and lower to a low reverse parvottanasana in prayer.
- High lunge to Vira III to reverse Ardha Chandrasana.
- AMS to Camatkarasana (wild thing) back to a low lunge, walking with hands to face the opposite side and repeat. Many, many times. (definitely trying this on my class!)
- From sitting, one leg lifted on to the shoulder and worked straight into heron pose - Krounchasana. Then moving into Astavakrasana (8-angle pose). Here is what it's meant to look like. I got very very nearly there and fell flat on my face!
Tired but exhilarated!