However, when you wake up at 5am without the alarm, roll over, fall back to sleep and wake up again to find it's still only 5:30, you might as well practice. As it was supposed to be my Ashtanga rest day today I thought I'd do Vinyasa Krama instead. This month I switched Ashtanga to my morning practice slot so my VK practice has been a lot shorter, twenty minutes asana as prep for pranayama and meditation, this would be my first long Vinyasa Krama practice for a month (taking into account the recent 'injuries')
It was a joyous practice, more time spent in postures, long long breathes, a slower pace, inhabiting poses, wonderful, half way through a curious thought popped into my head...
Ashtanga is who I am, Vinyasa Krama who I'd like to be.
Now where the heck did that come from?
I've been thinking how Ashtanga appealed to me and, indeed, suited me in the beginning. I don't think any other form of yoga at the time would have grabbed me. I remembered, too, the impression Vinyasa Krama made on me last year when I first tried it, while working around a knee injury, there was a profound sense of peace, a calmness, it's how I felt this morning while I was practicing. I love Ashtanga, love the detox aspect, the routine, same postures, same sequence, reminds me of the Kata I used to practice in Aikido and later Iaido. I like the focus and there is a meditative quality, to my Primary at least, but not peace. Another thing, I find it hard to practice Pranayama and to Meditate after Ashtanga, unlike Vinyasa Krama.
Makes me wonder if I should be trying to force myself back into an Ashtanga practice, perhaps I've just moved on and should accept it. If I'm honest what I've missed most is the detox aspect of Ashtanga and I seem to remember sweating buckets when practicing the Vinyasa Krama triangle sequence. perhaps all I need is the occasional detox Krama.
Of course this is just me, clearly others find peace within the practice ( LATER: Just read this from Maya on the Tristana ) and perhaps if I hadn't come across Vinyasa Krama when I did, I would have too. Or perhaps it's something to do with which aspects of Ashtanga your drawn to in the first place. I'm certainly not suggesting Vinyasa Krama is in any way superior to Ashtanga, both come from Krishnamacharya. My Apologies, this conflict must be becoming more than a little tiresome by now.