I jumped through to seated and started laying down for Urdvha Dhanurasana. “Do you want the next pose?” asked the Tall One.
“Um, okay.” Do I? I mean, do I really? I suppose I do… Sometimes I do… but couldn’t we just skip this one and move on to the next one? I jumped back to downdog and waited my turn.
“Kapotasana. Jump to your knees, exhale hands on hips.” He walked me through it first: “For your first time, we’ll go slow. You’re going to bring your hands to the floor and then crawl in as far as you can to see if you can get your toes. And then there’s B… so okay then.”
Here we go. It’s all a blur, but I think he was holding my hips forward as I went back. My hands came to about the middle of my feet. I scrambled a bit, the left hand slipped, but then found my heels. Squeezed the elbows in. My head hovered. Afterwards he told me my head should come to the floor. I’m not sure if it can, I’ll have to try that today.
Kapo B. That’s a horse of a different color, man. I don’t really “get” it, I don’t think. “Press into your hands.” Huh? How??
Afterwards, I went through my vinyasa, and came back to the mat again for Urdvha Dhanurasana. Only instead of popping up, I lay there, gasping for breath, quieting my ragged panting.
I got some new backbends yesterday too. He added in a couple Viparita Chakrasanas. Or half Viparita Chakrasana. Handstand to backbend then stand up. The tick without a tock, I guess. Whee! Handstand was challenging yesterday, I kept wavering and wanting to fall forward. Then I brought my legs over for Vrischikasana II. “Head up just a little more. Now, spread your toes so they cover your forehead.” What?? So they cover my forehead? I spread my toes. And lo and behold… Plop… they rested on my forehead. So that’s what dozens of backbends will do for you, apparently.
So now my backbending sequence looks a little like this:
- 3 or more Dhanurasanas from the floor (I usually just do the required 3)
- Stand up
- Drop back and stand up 3 times
- Viparita Chakrasana twice (handstand to a backbend, then stand up… repeat)
- Handstand for 12 breaths
- Vrischikasana II for up to 8 breaths
- Flip over, stand up
- Drop back and stand up 1-5 times
- Reach for the ankles on the last dropback.
And at the moment, I should be on my mat, but to tell the truth, I’m a little frightened. I think I’ve reached a whole new world of soreness.
Okay. No more dilly-dallying. Here we go then.