Ouchie moo mouchie – there’s an awful stitch in my back. I feel it when I’m working on my bind in Marichyasana D. I can twist to the left without any issues, but when I try to bring my right arm around my left knee and twist further, a painful spike of pain soaked pain shoots painfully through my right middle trapezius near my shoulder blade and spine. It’s a nice little pain in the back. Yesterday I didn’t try the bind due to the pain, but today I worked through it with Amy’s help.
Not sure what happened. Maybe it was all the driving I did in Puerto Rico, or perhaps I strained the muscle during Urdhva Mukha Svanasana. I’m sure it will work itself out, but it’s interesting that I’m noticing every little change in my body. My practice is making me hyper aware of all of the little pains, strains and ouchie moo mouchies as they occur from day to day.
Posted by amonray on March 15, 2012
A slow start today and even slower practice. Ever since Flannery’s Intro to Vinyasa class last weekend where we counted to 10 between every movement, I’ve been slowing down my Surya Namaskar A & B’s in my Ashtanga practice. I have to be careful not to get lost in the movement though. When I am so focused on the breath, bandhas and drishti, it’s easy to loose count. Nearly every time I practice, I realize that my count is off. Either I’m doing one too many or one too few Sun Slautes. I know it’s not a big deal if I do one extra or one less. Many ashtangi’s have admitted they loose count or forget to do entire poses (I am the worst about this, but I always know when I’ve forgotten something … usually it’s 3 or 4 poses later). It’s part of the practice. Some days my ability to focus is just isn’t there.
One thing I’ve noticed about my practice of late … jump through to sit – I’ve lost it. I blame Puerto Rico. The chicken, pork and fried plantains have worked their dark, voodoo magic on my mid section. Before vacation, my stomach was compact like a Hyundai Accent. Now it’s a midsize sedan. Sure, I have more room to spread out, and there’s more room in the back for extra passengers, but at what price? My turn radius is impacted, not to mention my ability to parallel park into those smaller spaces.
I’ll keep working on it, but I refuse to obsess over it. The minute I stop thinking about it, it will just happen, without any explanation, like magic.
Posted by amonray on March 14, 2012
You would think that with the change in weather my 6:45am wake-up call would be easy-peasy. Alas, I lacked the motivation on Monday & slept through my alarm on Tuesday (which I’ve never done before). Insomnia hasn’t been helping either. I know where it’s coming from–planning out future activities, desperately wanting to finish teacher training (& with flying colors at that), obsessing over a certain someone, etcetcetc. I try using meditation techniques but it’s quite hard for me to do so in bed at 2am.
Amy said that tomorrow we could add new asanas, as today was for “sweating out the sickness.” I was puzzled by her comment as I haven’t been sick at all this week (Saturday was a fluke). Regardless, sweating whatever I may or may not have out felt good!
In my ongoing attempts to find yoga asana quizzes (which are all multiple choice & thus a piece of cake—I guess I’ll just have to continue torturing myself with flashcards), I found the quiz “What Yoga Pose Are You?” on fitness.com. I love this sort of crap. BTW—I’m a headstand. “You’re a headstand because you’re a natural leader & an astute thinker. You’re probably creative & skilled at brainstorming sessions. It’s unlikely for you to ever blindly go with the flow.” I know—I don’t know where they’re getting it from either.
Posted by rachelfegan on March 14, 2012
Today’s D level class felt more like C to me. I never thought that I would say or feel that! Granted I had to come out of some of the poses a breath or two early & I don’t do full Chaturanga Dandasana outside of my Mysore practice, but in general I’d like to think that I’m acquiring more strength, & in doing so, more contentment with my practice. I lifted both of my feet off the ground simultaneously in Salamba Sirsana. In fact, I probably could have extended my legs straight, I just am a pooper & won’t try such things until I know I can execute it with optimal alignment & poise. I am so grateful to have reached relative complacency (& working towards serenity) in the smaller movements. As of late, all of my frustration during practice has dissipated except for exasperation with my old-lady joints (there’s no un-stretching my ligaments & I want for happy knees).
At present, I am scouring the interwebs for practice exams. Nothing promising to report, although Gaiam has this fun (& frustrating) asana game. You have to match the image of the asana with the English translation & then they give you the actual Sanskrit & list of benefits.
At any rate, I’m making a million flash cards. Believe it or not, this type of preparation lowers my anxiety for such things.
Posted by rachelfegan on March 11, 2012
It’s been a while since I’ve taken Rebekah’s class. I remember her teaching style to be very straight forward, honest and informed. This teacher brings a certain sincerity to the room that seems to make everyone in the room feel comforting and safe. I enjoy her instruction from the beginning of the practice to the last pose. When she uses sanskrit names for poses or chants in class it never feels put on or excessive. She has a very clear and concise way of explaining vinyasa and alignment of poses. I appreciate the absence of flowery metaphor, esoteric mumbo jumbo – she is practical that way. Her knowledge comes from a genuine interest in the subject and her pronunciation reveals careful study and attention to the subtleties of the language. She would probably not agree to this assessment, but I imagine that is because she is constantly working to improve in these areas. In short, I’d like to nominate Rebekah Nagy for the office of President of Yoga.
Really though, I would like to have this same level of competence in my instruction of yoga (if I pass the exam!).
Posted by amonray on March 11, 2012