On the course, as I've mentioned before, we would have a late afternoon session where we would have the freedom to practice whatever asana we wished for fifteen twenty minutes before practicing pranayama for forty minutes and meditation for another twenty to forty, building up as the course went on. I took the opportunity to explore a vigorous arm balance practice one day, a relaxed inversion practice another, each day trying something different to see how it affected my meditation.
I seem to be quite settled in my morning Vinyasa Krama influenced Ashtanga practice at the moment but my evening practice has slipped a little. I used to get on the mat/cushion five to six evening s a week but that's slipped to three to four the last month, something I want to remedy.
When I have managed to get on the mat in the evenings I seem to have got into the habit of coming up with a short vinyasa krama subroutine that preparers me for and then explores a tricky posture that I'm keen to work on. It might be some extra work around Hanumanasana/Eka pada raja kapotasana/Natajarasana or a seated sequence of hip openers that leads into my work on kandasana, perhaps an asymmetric subroutine that leads into one of the fancy arm balances Pungu Kukkutasana, Parsva dandasana or yesterdays Omkarasana.
It doesn't really matter which, it's just asana, the tricky pose is the carrot that entices you onto the mat, it's a light, fun, dare I say playful practice.
Yesterday then was my first look at Omkarasana. Looking at Sweeney it's the last posture in Advanced B but I can't find it anywhere on the David Williams poster and it doesn't appear in Ramaswami's book at all. It's not actually that hard ( Shhhh) if you have your 2nd series leg behind head poses down and the chakrasana exit then I think you could probably do it. The arms need to be a little closer together than usual ( that's the tricky bit, especially when exiting) so you can hook your toe on your arm. I'm sure as you work at it a little the lower leg will get a little further up the arm.
The practice was basically,
A couple of Sury's A and B
Ardha badha Padmottanasana
Maha mudra then forward bending into janu Sirsasana A
Ardha badha padmottanasana followed by some VK twists based on the pose
Arkana dandasana A and B
Eka pada sirsasana
Check out the video, still rough but perhaps you can see what I mean when I say it's a delightfully playful pose.