Back up to Maricasana C! So happy! Not jumping at all yet, though, just stepping back and forth between the asanas. My back feels fine - apart from the extra work I feel in the upper part (David keeps telling me to arch my upper back, which makes a lot of sense in terms of keeping my lower back straight and building drop back flexibility). My forward folds are still very shy, I mostly bend my knees a lot. No deep anything, I’m really just going holding thr bandhas and going in from the hip. But even just the little bit of Primary I have been doing feels so good - I’m back up and moving, and with much more core strength than I used to have. (Or that’s what I like to believe anyway.) More soon.
Compassionate listening. So hard sometimes! I’d really like to get back into meditation more. I felt so different when I used to sit for ten minutes every morning.
Getting there. David was happy with my hamstrings getting longer again and practice felt better over all. I felt a little dizzy twice so had to take short breaks. Did 5 A, 5B, then went up to the Virabhadrasana sequence. Had to cut that short though because I was pretty exhausted once I got there. My back was mostly fine, though, so that’s big, happy news. :)
Followed David’s instructions and practiced up to Prasarita. It went alright, but I do feel my back more since I’ve started practicing again. No pain, but discomfort along the spine. I think it’s a mix of muscle and disc issues, and also of moving tissue that hasn’t been moved in a while…
AYCT has a little community corner now where they sell goods that some members of the community make - so cool! First off is Carry Ng with her homemade bags she sells under the label made&found.
@odcashtangayoga fooling around after teaching his Thursday night class at #ayct #ashtanga #yoga #toronto (at Ashtanga Yoga Centre)
Peg Mulqueen is a rock star of the DC yoga scene. She shares her Ashtanga yoga experience at Flow Yoga Center and is a contributing writer for Yoga Journal and Elephant Journal. She was kind enough to take a break from her complicated yoga stretches and answer some questions about Ashtanga yoga.
Via the AYCT Facebook page.
I’d be nowhere without my studio practice but sometimes you just have to get on the kitchen floor and try a pose you saw on the Internet. 😜Ha! A few attempts later and it already makes so much more sense. This shit is just so fun
Soooooo hardddddddd! It always amazes me with what grace, ability and strength we all practice when healthy, and to what stiff mess we are reduced when we’re not. Following David’s advice, I did five Surya Namaskara A and five Surya Namaskara B today. My back was doing fine until I got to about the fourth of the Bs, when I started feeling a little twitch. Nothing too bad, just a reminder that Intermediate, full Primary, and even half Primary are still far, far away. I think my whole practice took me about twenty minutes. My strength and flexibility have diminished, the backs of my legs hurt when I put my heels to the floor in down dog (whenever THAT happened last?!), and I’m still trying to figure out the best way of going about upward dog. But all of this is better than no practice, and my own inability to do pretty much anything right now helps a lot with missing teaching.
After my long whiny post of last night, all you guys’ messages must have helped - Taka told me that I was allowed back on the mat as of tomorrow! I couldn’t believe it - he totally made my day! The issue is still there, of course, but he said I needed to move and that staying indoors all day (or most of the day anyway) wasn’t doing my back any favours. Soooo cool! He also said that I needed to back off with even the slightest discomfort, especially anything that felt like sharp pain. David said I should only do sun salutations for now, and sloooooow ones at that. So that’s what I’ll do. Better than nothing in any case! :)
Ok, people, I’ve been dreading this post for a while now, so let me just get it over and done with. Following the advice of AYCT’s crazy good body worker Taka, I haven’t been practicing in a week now, and as yet it is completely unclear when I will be able to get back onto the mat. According to Taka, I will have to rest for at least another week, maybe longer. The problem is my back, which seems to hurt everywhere from the thoracic spine down to the first lumbar vertebrae. While Taka could release some of the deep scarred muscle tissue that gave me a hard time over the summer, I was stupid enough to lift something heavy I shouldn’t have on Sunday a week ago. That very likely gave me a disc problem in at least one spot (I’m thinking two). Because I wasn’t aware of the severity of things in the beginning, I went in to practice my reduced set of up to Maricasana B twice. It hurt so much I had to fight the tears. Long story short: I have been trying hard to keep my frustration about this in check, but I have been disappointed and cranky and largely unable to pretend everything’s cool. It’s just such a letdown. I was so looking forward to a daily practice with David. As it is right now, though, I have trouble carrying bags and putting on shoes… I wish I could have given you better news. :(