This was a good time for my practice, I work 9:30-5:30 and am only fifteen minutes away by bike from my workshop. I'm able to get up and do a full Primary or Intermediate in the morning without rushing, and when I get home I can take an hour or so to work on some extras. Extras then, were mainly the Jump back and the Press to handstand (Still, STILL can't do that ). Now I might work on some Dropbacks, Karandavasana, That ruddy crocodile, Mayurasana. Asana's that don't need a lot of warm up. Strength based poses are especially good, Karandavasana in the middle of Intermediate is exhausting (see yesterday's post) and it's hard to focus on the technique but practice it on it's own when your feeling stronger and you can think more about what it is your doing.
Sometimes I feel almost guilty that I'm able to practice so freely. I know many have to try to fit their practice around family commitments, Jobs with long hours or long commutes. I'm lucky to be able to practice like this and the progress I've made is probably more a reflection of this than anything else. It's not just that I was able to devote myself to the practice, but also that I had the time to work on this Blog and use it to reflect on my practice. I was able to take Jump back clips from all my DVDs, break them down into screenshots and turn them into slideshows (half way down in the right hand column of this page). Such a great exercise and something I still do now, with Karandavasana for example. I'd break down my own Jump back as well as Kino's say, and run the two slide shows side by side and try to work out what she or Lino or Sharath where doing right that I wasn't.
Sharath's Jump back
But this all kind of begs the question. Why, if I had all this time and passion for the practice, didn't I go to a Shala with a teacher, rather than practicing alone at home. Well I did, I went twice the following month in September 08.
NEXT: First visit to a Shala