First lesson with the husband today. He’s just so durn cute.
We talked about Ujjayi breath, mula bandha and uddiyana bandha. Then I led him through five Surya Namaskara A’s and five B’s. He did well on these, and I was pretty impressed with his form in Adho Mukkha Svanasana… a few tweaks here and there… wider stance, tip the tailbone up, rotate the shoulders… His fingers are so gnarly from his carpal tunnel syndrome that they don’t lay flat on his mat. But he says the stretch feels good.
Then the last three finishing poses. He had to sit on a block for his knees. The boy’s hips are tight! In baddha padmasana, he can just grab his wrists. That boy is muscular! In Uth Pluthi, he can’t reach the ground. What then? Hunch the back a bit? Use blocks? (props…. shudder)
I said, Okay, now lay back for Savasana.
Wait! he said. Isn’t that the last pose?
But I want to do some hip openers! I need to stretch out my IT bands! I want to do that Pigeon pose you taught me the other night.
Oh. Hmm. But then it’s not Ashtanga. Why don’t we work on those at night before we go to bed?
Umm. Okay, I guess. What would it be if I added some poses after the sun salutations?
Yoga. But not ashtanga yoga.
Afterwards he said, Savasana makes me too sleepy.
Drink some coffee, I said. Just wait til we add backbends and inversions. Then you’ll need the savasana.
He looked at me and grinned. Where’s the happy ending? he asked.
There’s no ” happy endings” in Ashtanga, at least not that kind of happy ending, I said.
Later I asked him how he liked it.
It would’ve been better with a happy ending, he grumbled.
No ashtanga for me today, as I’m observing Guru Purnima. Happy Birthday, Guruji!! Happy Moonday, everyone!