So tomorrow, Sunday, no work, BIG yoga day. I practice six days a week but as with my day off, not having to worry about getting off to work on Sundays allows me to explore the practice. It was a Sunday the first time I struggled through all of Intermediate and another Sunday that I worked through all of third. Another Sunday I practiced Primary then carried on through all of 2ND to see if it could be done (I'd read they used to do that back in the day)nearly killed me. It was on Sundays that I started exploring Vinyasa Krama and on a Sunday last month that I first practiced Full Vinyasa. I build my practice week around Tuesdays and Sundays. I save the best for those two days.
It takes me two and a quarter hours to practice Full Vinyasa Primary and I've been saving that for Sundays and Tuesdays (my day off) so I could savour it, and that was the plan for tomorrow. Thing is I find I kind of want to practice Intermediate tomorrow. Not SO strange perhaps, except that I practiced Intermediate this morning ...... and on Friday, and also Thursday.
I WANT to practice Intermediate.
Today, at work, thinking about it I started to think that Intermediate was beautiful.
Now it was fun exploring 2ND in the beginning, some great asanas to get to grips with. But I've never enjoyed the series as a whole. It's Primary I've loved, Intermediate, I've just tolerated it for the cool poses and because that's what we Ashtangi's do, move on to a new series just when we become comfortable with the previous one. Even began to hate it, found it disjointed, untidy, not aesthetically pleasing. Looking at Ashtanga, series one to five, I would have marked 2ND down as the runt of the litter.
How can we account for such a sudden change, soft strings and moonlight?
Now I will admit that Full Vinyasa Primary may be a little much, I'm having fun with it but it takes a hell of a long time and forty odd namaskara, well I can begrudgingly see why Guruji accepted the need to drop it. But Full Vinyasa Intermediate? Perfect. That's how it was designed, that's how it was practiced and for my money that's how it should still be practiced. It just seems to make sense, it feels balanced and balance in Aesthetics (one Aesthetic anyway ) is a synonym for perfect and the beautiful.
Primary you can hurtle through if you want, it works, it swings. You can practice it slowly too, meditatively, it works that way as well, but Intermediate won't be rushed.
Intermediate, it's smart, it's funny (think Titibhasana, Nakrasana) and yes, I think so, beautiful. Once you finally notice all this how can you help but fall head over heels.
I tripped, I'm falling ......don't anyone catch me.