I was happily going along practice, enjoying the asanas that I do have, not worrying about the ones I’ve lost. I got a modified asana as a replacement for ardha baddha padma paschimottanasana (one of the asanas I’ve lost because of the hip) and I was already grateful and happy about that. I didn’t need any adjustments, I didn’t need anything else new. I was just happy to be, happy to practice in my little corner.
Then during supta padangushtasana, I got asked if I had any neck problems, and I replied no. I didn’t think much of the question, I wasn’t thinking much at all at that point, I was in the “zone”, so focused today. Just as I was finishing up supta padangushtasana, I saw a pair of feet next to me, I looked up, and there was C, ready to bestow chakrasana upon me. I wasn’t sure if I was ready for something new, but in hindsight, I’m glad of getting a new focus in my practice.
First impressions of chakrasana: “What the?!”
My second impression of chakrasana: “Whoa! woozy head…”
My third impression of chakrasana: “Whoa! Really woozy head! I think I’m going to fall on my face!”
C helped me with the first try, she grabbed my hips and helped pull me over. I got so dizzy and woozy and my constant laughing didn’t help. I’m not sure why I kept laughing, I thought it was funny or more accurately, the feeling of flipping over was funny. I felt like a kid again.
The second try was all me, no assist. I was giggling while preparing my hands and didn’t think I was going to make it with the giggling, but I got over, lopsided albeit. I half landed on my left elbow, which made me laugh again.
I was told to try it again after matsyasana (I’m doing a shortened shoulderstand sequence for now; sarvangasana, halasana, karnipidasana and matsyasana). I got over non-lopsided, but then almost fell flat on my face. I was stifling my laughter and my arms just gave out under me, which made amused me even more.
It’s a weird, weird feeling, chakrasana, but I’m looking forward to trying it again. I’m looking forward to exploring it, finding out what I’ll need to do to make it work.