Arturo mentioned he had similar problems keeping warm during practice, in his room in shanghai. In a comment I suggested he pick up some of that full length sportswear while he's back in the US. I had a look, myself in Sportsdirect on my lunch break yesterday and found something on 70% sale. Basically, running pants from Karrimore who we tend to associate with hiking/climbing over here, at nine quid down from forty, it was worth a try.
And they're fine, felt a bid strange at first but warm, definitely warm, couple of Sury's in and you're think it was June, well May perhaps. I practiced Intermediate today and the only thing worth mentioning is a zip above the ankle that I could feel in LBH, must be able to get them without. I thought I might get too hot but I guess the material breathes or something, it was a comfortable practice.
Only draw back was when I tried Garbha pindasana from Primary just to see if the arms would go through, nope. Ladies, how do you do Garbha P with leggings on? You can't even use a spray, seems impossible. So, fine for Intermediate and Advanced A but will have to cowboy up and put up with the cold for Primary.
Re the picture above, I had a eureka moment the other day watching a video someone posted on FB, was that you Ursula? I noticed that the woman in the video wouldn't be able to see her toes and yet she got her feet nicely on her head. I've tended to work towards it by taking my legs over as far over as possible in Viparita Salabhasana and then lowering so I can see me my toes and then try to bring them back to my head. For some reason I would just get locked up and couldn't go any further. In the video, she wouldn't take her legs over so far but would kind of collapse into an ever deeper backbend, an inverted Kapo.
Anyway, that's what I tried here, thinking Kapo, Kapo, Kapo, even tried to bring my head and chest through which of course is impossible given your laying on your neck but somehow it seems to trigger something in the back and helps.
I slip these two postures into my Intermediate series, in VK they come up after the Salabhasanas so I just keep them there in 2nd as extra prep for Kapo. Turned out my kapo wasn't so great this morning. Perhaps on a better kapo day my feet will end up a little closer to my head.
Just saw that the David Willams Complete Ashtanga Syllabus poster I ordered from the states is in the van on it's way to be delivered today. David mentions that there was a Sanskrit poster of the syllabus in the old Shala in Mysore. Anyone heard anything about that, seen it or have a picture or perhaps come across one that might show it, be interesting to see. Doesn't seem to be in the new shala, where is it now, what happened to it?