The day’s off to a pretty good start… let’s see… I woke BEFORE 5 am (take that, suckers!*), practiced yoga (not a great practice, but a practice), and now I’m blogging. All three commitments met, all before 7 a.m. I’m back on track. As Li’l John would say, “Yaaaaayyeah.” That’s right, I have that stupid Usher song from 2005 stuck in my head.
I’m trying to figure out what I skipped… I must’ve skipped something in my practice… I finished in just over an hour, with my second series poses, no skipping vinyasas. Normally a 80-85 minute practice. I powered through like a steam train, I was afraid of losing momentum and giving up. I spent less time than usual flailing about in Bhekasana. Just got to my deepest in the pose (pathetic) and breathed my 5 breaths. Release. Whatever… vinyasa. I feel no connection to that pose whatsoever. The only thing I got goin for me is I can lift the chest pretty easily. Beyond that, my quads are stuck, my feet are miles from the ground, so my shoulders are being pulled out of their sockets trying to rotate around. Graceful, eh? At least pasasana is coming along nicely. I can now balance with heels down on my rug folded back once, then folded again. So I think it’s about 1/4-1/2 an inch. I guess I’m finally figuring out how to lengthen out of the achiles, press my knees/thighs together, ground both heels, and then lift the torso. Of course, I do feel like I could tip over and fall backwards at any moment, but I’ve managed to keep myself upright for the most part. Krounchasana gives me some of the same grief as Bhekasana, but on a lesser level. Yup. The stuck quadriceps make even an Eka Pada Virasana just a little difficult. I really have to focus on grounding both hip bones down down down. On good days, I can jump right into it. But often, it takes a little wiggling of the hips to release the quad just enough to rest comfortably before raising the opposite leg.
OH CRAP. I missed the last three standing poses! Right. I knew my hips felt tighter than usual.
*not sure who I’m “stickin’ it to” here…. besides, the only people who care if I wake up early are 1)me and 2)taylor. He likes having the bed to himself when I leave.