Last night was the 5th week of the 6 week introduction to Ashtanga course, and it was awesome.
By the time we’d finished, I felt. physically “lighter” is the only way I can describe it. It was an incredible sensation. I can still feel it this morning, but not as intensely. It’s as if my physical body has woken up. That’s the feeling.
The teacher is hoping to get a slot in the studio so she can run a beginners Mysore class, that will allow those of us who have never been to a Mysore class, and find the idea daunting, the chance to get into the practice knowing that everyone else in the room is in the same boat. It’s a good idea.
So that’s week four of the Introduction to Ashtanga and I’m loving it. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the vinyasa flow class that I’ve been going to regularly, but this is giving me some structure that I can use when I practice on my own.
On Monday night I went to see Warrior Soul at Audio in Glasgow. I’ve seen them twice before, once waaaay back just prior to their debut album coming out, when they supported Metallica. I remember thinking back then that they blew Metallica off the stage, and Monday night just reinforced that. They were outstanding.
Was at the second class of the introduction to Ashtanga course that I signed up for. So that’s Sun Salutations A and B covered, and breathing, and moving with the breath.
As with last week, I can really feel it in my upper arms this morning. Not sore, just tired in a “I know I did some exercise last night” kind of way.
By the end of the six weeks we’ll have covered enough to do a Half Primary Series class, and we’ve been told that going to a Mysore class would be good, and that it’s not intimidating like we’d think it is (not having been to one before).
I have to admit, at the moment I’d not be confident walking into a room where I *think* everyone but me knows exactly what they’re doing, and I’m the idiot in the room. Again, I know that’s my projection and it’s probably far from the reality, but at the moment, I don’t think going to a class that isn’t lead, would be anywhere near to inside my comfort zone. Which in itself is probably a good reason to give it a try.
Anyway, here’s a photo of the sky over Glasgow this morning when I left for work. It’s was stunning.
So last night was the first of the Introduction to Ashtanga classes, and I really liked it.
I’m feeling it today, physically tired, so that’s a good sign that I was actually doing something and not going through the motions.
Started off with a wee talk on the history and background of Ashtanga, before going through Sun Salutation A. The rest of the time was spent going through this, and making sure alignment and postures were correct, before finishing off with Savasana.
It was tiring, but enjoyable, and I think I’m going to get a lot out of it. Roll on next week.
So if anyone isn’t in the UK, in Scotland, were were pretty much snowed in for the most of last week. Huge dump of snow. Transport ground to a halt and police were telling people not to drive.
On the plus side I got 3 days off work that I never expected, and went into the snow covered Pollok Estate with my camera (pics to follow once I sort them out). We even went sledging in Linn Park, which was great fun.
Tonight, I’ve got the first of the Intro to Ashtanga, course that I’ve signed up to. It’s the same teacher that takes the Vinyasa Flow class that I go to on a Thursday. I’m looking forward to this. A bit of variation never hurt anyone.
Before Christmas, I had a brand new experience. A corn on my foot. On the toe next to the pinkie toe on my left foot. I tried corn plasters, and after a fair bit of pain and hobbling about, after about a week, it fell off.
Well, a couple of weeks ago it came back with a vengeance, so this time, after some cajoling from friends, instead of resorting to corn plasters and limping, I made an appointment with a podiatrist, and this morning, she sat me down, took a scalpel to my foot, et voila, no corn, and no pain.
It actually feels odd not to have that burning stabbing in my toe. It’s also a relief.
That’s my foot all good to go now, so I can now start to ease myself back into running again, which I’ve really missed. I can also turn up at the yoga class and not worry that people are grossed out by my mutant toe 🙂
Been feeling pretty run down this week, so I haven’t been to the gym, and I’ve not done as much yoga as normal.
I’ve got a corn on one of the toes on my left foot and I woke up on Tuesday to an eye with a sty in it, that was so big my eye may as well have been closed over.
Like I said, run down.
Today the sty in almost gone. On the advise of a pharmacist, I boiled some water, allowed it to cool to the warm side of tepid, and soaked some cotton wool and just lay back with my eyelid steeping. It’s worked, and the swelling is vastly reduced to the point it’s almost healed.
The corn is another story. I’ve self referred the podiatrist at the local health centre to get is seen to, as I previously used corn plasters, but it just came back, so I need to have it treated properly.
It’ll probably take a while to get an appointment, but if it gets to much, I’ll just pay someone to sort it out.
That aside, things are pretty good. I just finished reading Siddhartha by Herman Hess, and really liked it. It’s a great read, highly recommend it.
Anyway, I’ve got a yoga class to go to tonight, so onwards and upwards.
Last night’s yoga class was tough but fun. Side crow was a mess (see the previous post about breaking sweat and slippy skin 😀 ) but I am getting closer to almost doing a passable ardha chadrasana (half moon pose), so, swings and roundabouts. Just going with the flow (vinyasa flow 😀 )
I’ve joined a group on FB for skateboarders of a certain age. It’s really good as it was started by a couple of women in their 60’s who decided to try skateboarding, and love it. It’s really inspiring in that it proves that age isn’t a barrier if you want to do something.
There’s a little news report about them here.
And there’s a little clip of me longboarding here.
So the regular class I go to started back last night after the Christmas/New Year break, and I discovered one very important thing.
The practice I was doing at home over the break, while not exactly slacking, wasn’t up where I’d been before the break.
Last night was tough. Really tough. But really enjoyable as well.
Other things I discovered were (a) short sleeved t-shirts are not good to wear if you’re sweating buckets, and trying to do crow pose. Slippy 😀
Also, while I can do tree pose no problem with no-one else around, it just takes one person in my peripheral vision to has the slightest wobble, and my balance is all over the place.
So, what have I learned from last night? To wear t-shirts with sleeves so I can do crow pose when I’ve broken sweat* and focus on a point on the floor when doing balance poses so I don’t get the wobbles when someone else does.
Oh, and to do a proper home practice and make sure it’s not a case of going through the motions of just doing poses I find easy.
(* how do you actually do crow pose at a Bikram class? Surely you must be really sweaty, and it’s hard to lock your knees in place?)
Yesterday I got a little letterbox droppage with two books. The first is Siddhartha by Herman Hess, on the recommendation of my wife who read it long before we met, and thought I’d like it.
The second is the Bhagavad Gita. I did have a go at reading this before, but the copy I had had been given to me by the Hare Kirishnas, and between the passages, was the original Sanskrit, and then an explanation of the meaning of the passage, which while I appreciated being given the book, made it a bit of an effort to read – skip the Sanskrit as I can’t read it, read the passage, then read the explanation before reading the next passage.
I wanted to read a straightforward translation and see what I got out of it, not what someone else said I should get.
So with that in mind, and after reading reviews of different translations, I went for one by Eknath Easwaren.
I’m looking forward to reading these.