Started a new evening practice. Just a few key asana (about half an hour) as prep for the Pranayama and Meditation. It cut's into my meditation time, I'm used to forty minutes Vipassana in the evening, but I'm becoming sold on the idea of preparing for the sit rather than jumping straight on the cushion. Still doing my usual VK modified Ashtanga practice in the morning.
Chanted Sury Namaskara
Maha Mudra (like Janu A without the forward bend, all locks engaged)
5 minute Sarvangasana (plus a minute or two of Shoulder stand prep poses)
10 minute Sirsasana (headstand)
10-20 minutes Pranayama ( kapalabhati and Anuloma Viloma)
5-10 minutes Pratyahara
20- 30 minutes Dhyanna/Meditation
Takes an hour to ninety minutes depending how much time I have to practice.
Came across an interesting podcast too while researching Pratyahara Wrote a post on this earlier in the week). Go to Itunes and look up Vedanta and Yoga then scroll through the podcasts until you reach 142. Raja Yoga Pratyahara and Dharana It's episode seven of a series on Vivekananda's Raja Yoga ( just downloaded the rest of the series). Mark Singleton in Yoga Body credit's Vivekananda with being highly influential in the Yoga revival in India in the late 1800's. You can also find it in the Ramakrishna Vedanta society Boston websites podcast Archive here.
Just started reading the Mahabharata, love it, kind of like being able to read The Iliad for the first time all over again. Just waiting for Arjuna or somebody to throw a spear or rock that no ten men of today could life... and for someone to fall from the chariot with a clang of armour as darkness falls upon him.
Just heard about this in in London on Sunday here's the link, may well be going.