Mouse in the house
I have a mouse in the house, an unwelcome mouse. Caught a glimpse of it a couple of nights ago but then it disappeared. I wasn't believed until SHE saw it too. Now what's the yogic way to get rid of an unwelcome mouse? At the moment we're trying peppermint in the hope it might decide to pack it's bags and move on.
Caught that mouse but then found we had another one. Managed to film where we released it in the local woods.
New bath book is the Indian epic, The Ramayana. It's kind of a giant fairy tale. I picked it up in LA but had enough books to be going on with on the course, then Mohan's Krisnamacharya came out as did Guruji. Bit disappointed with both of them actually, think I was hoping for something more scholarly on Krisnamacharya and the Guruji book, well, it went on a bit, same questions again and again. A few interviews stood out though, The Darby's in particular was great fun, other good ones I'd read before elsewhere, oh and Saraswathi should get her own book deal, would love to read more about her life. Back to The Ramayana, found it hard to get into at first but after a hundred pages or so it's taken off. The evil Manthara has caused trouble and on the day of his coronation Prince Rama has been exiled to the forest to become an ascetic, adventure awaits.
On the Calvino, to read next shelf, Smith's translation of The Mahabarata for penguin, it arrived just before I left for the course and I reluctantly left it behind, can't wait. Easwaran's Translation of The Upanishads. I had the Oxford translation but loved his version of the Gita so had to get it. Dalrymple's Nine lives, a present that I'm savouring. Yogayajnavalkya Samhita, translated by Desikachar, don't think twiceYogi's, get it while it's still in print, wonderful book charmingly presented. Also, Early India by Romila Thapar.
OK a little too much information perhaps but I'm kind of wondering if this is an Ashtanga thing. My coccyx (tailbone) seems to have changed alignment, either it's sticking out a little more or the areas become swollen , bit painful to sit down. Anyone else developed this?
I'm wondering if the two are related but my lotus seems to have, to take Kino's phrase, blossomed. I've been able to get into it for years, never that comfortable for very long but OK, I've tended to use half lotus for meditation. In the last couple of weeks something seems to have shifted and I'm much more comfortable and seem able to sit for pretty much as long as I want. I'm assuming it's Vinyasa Krama related, perhaps the way you really stick your backside out as you go into forward bends or the long stays in Paschimottanasana, perhaps it's the extra work I've been doing with Hanumanasana or Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana, I'm not sure what it is but something seems to have worked. Best of all I'm not bothered by the sore coccyx above while in lotus.
I bought a Sodastream, one of those fizzy drink things we had (some of us ) as kids. I got fed up of all the empty carbonated water bottles so decided to make my own. Expensive outlay at first but after the first 60 liters it should save a bit too (I got the cheaper one but the penguin version makes a better picture).
Ashtanga Morning practice
I've been practicing Ashtanga in the mornings all week, alternating Primary and Intermediate. This morning I even fished out my old Richard Freeman 2nd series DVD, enjoyed it actually. Can't remember a single thing he said right now but at the time everything seemed to make perfect sense and was helpful, my palate feels very relaxed. So It's Ashtanga but I'm employing a Vinyasa Krama approach. I start with the Tadasana subroutine before going into the Sury's. Long slow exhalations, long stays in paschimottanasana and the inversions, sometimes I enter a pose come out and then enter it again for the long stay. I add the Shoulderstand prep I'm used to and add another shoulderstand after my ten minute headstand. Pranyama and meditation after the practice.
In the evening I practice 20 minutes or so of Vinyasa Krama, (a rotating selection of subroutines) followed by Pranayama and Japa meditation.
I ordered the old 1993 DVD with Jois leading Richard and the Miller brother's etc through Primary and 2nd, looking forward to seeing it and following along, here's a clip from YouTube.