Ok, that’s a blatant lie. Well, maybe not blatant and maybe not a complete lie, depending on how you look at it. Truth is, I’ve been busy at TheBroth again, busy making yet another artwork inspired by yoga.
One week of tile dragging resulted in something that looks like kapotanasana. Not a bad effort I thought, there’s lots I don’t like as usual, but in the end I just wanted it to end. The inspiration for making kapotanasana came from a certain yogini who’s going through some pretty tough times at the moment. My heart just breaks every time I read about her struggle, so she’s been on my mind and in my heart lately.
You can tell I like backbendy stuff. I reckon they’re pretty to look at, even though some of the non-yogis around me just cringe and tell me they feel sick when they see some extreme backbends. Funny, I think I use to be like that, now I’m like, “wha..?”
I went to class for practiced today. All throughout practice I kept thinking about the hip and the back. I didn’t open up into urdhva mukha svanasana as much as usual, I was afraid of putting too much pressure on the lower back. I was really working the core muscles to protect the back as much as possible. The hip feels surprisingly good though and I can even sit in half lotus (left leg of course) with no pain. Even so, I didn’t want to push my luck in practice so I’m continuing to leave out the lotus and half lotus poses.
Bhujapidasana is feeling stronger with every practice. I feel like I have more control getting into and out of it. Upavishta konasana is now consistently a chest-to-ground affair. I feel as if my body is ready for a new pose, but this may not be a wise move for someone practicing with some pretty serious injuries. I’m reminded of Sweaty Brain’s t-shirt, “New pose please? … Just kidding”.
I went up with straight legs in shirshasana. I didn’t even need help to keep balanced. That was pretty cool. I don’t know how straight I was, but I felt pretty straight. Held shirshasana for 20 breaths, I could’ve pushed for 25, but that would go against my recently found “no-pushing” frame of mind. I wobbled a little, Tiff‘s advice about using more bandhas really helped today.