I was given this old copy of Iyengar's light on yoga last week, it has the best cover photo.
Kandasana, now there's a pose, one of those classic yoga postures like Natajarasana, Eka pada Kaja Kapotasana, Purna matsyendrasana, something beautiful about it. Here's Sharath on the left and below on the KPJAYI logo, I don't think I ever noticed there was a logo let alone that it had Kandasana on it. Thanks, R, for pointing it out.
Best of all it's a development of Baddha Konasana so slips right into Primary without disrupting things too much. Oh and there's a way of working towards it from Yoga Nidrasana so I can slip it into 2nd series as well, something to look forward to around the middle of both practices and a reason to get up when it's cold and dark.
A nice byproduct of practicing Ashtanga in the morning is that I'm covering the key Vinyasa Krama postures there, the long paschi, long shoulderstand and headstand as well as a tadasana sequence before my Surys. It frees me to explore mini Vinyasa Krama sequences and subroutines in the evening as prep for pranayama and meditation. I'm thinking a Standing triangle sequence pose then perhaps Maha Mudra, Paschimattanasana, Upavista Konasana (Seated angle pose), Baddha Konasana and Kandasana followed by Padmasana ready for pranayama.
Still a way to go of course, but then that's the point. I tried it after Yoga Nidrasana this morning while laying on my back, it felt close, I could feel my legs coming around and my feet coming into my chest, just a bit more leg strength needed.
I'll try and video the Yoga Nidrasana approach later but for now a very much work in progress seated attempt. This was taken after practice as I don't want to interrupt the flow of my practice at the moment.
Probably best not to try this one unless you have a really, nice knees- flat-on-the-ground Baddha Konasana.
Started working on Kandasana again with some improvement. The knees came more around today and down, a case now of bringing the knees closer together now to take the feet higher and deeper so i can let go, fascinating posture