Strange practicing in the afternoon, in daylight, it's still dark here in the mornings so felt a bit weird. Warmer though, heating on, a space heater and the sun coming through the blinds, ujaii cranked up to the max enabling me to get a sweat on, nice practice actually.
I've had a bit of an ache in my back the last few days, seems to be the same place as a couple of months back from when I fell off my bike, perhaps there's a weakness there, not sure why it's come back as practice has been pretty tame, though some deep forward bends. Anyway, been babysitting it a bit in my VK practice, working around it a lot, adding binds in the forward bends to take some of the strain off, curiously backbends are fine.
This morning or rather afternoon I just said to hell with it and cranked up the practice, five of each Sury's, half handstand jump through's, faster pace than I've practiced for a while, just kind of powered through the aches and it seems to have worked, feel much better for it now.
Difficult to know when to babysit the aches and when to cowboy up and practice through them rather than work around.
Somehow Ashtanga seems to marry better with my Vipassana practice, why is that I wonder, perhaps because I associate Japa mantra meditation with Vinyasa Krama or just something about how I practice Ashtanga. In Vinyasa Krama my focus on the breath and bandhas is very strong, it dominates the practice somewhat. In Ashtanga the breath, bandhas, drishti.... all seem to merge into each other, in to that pendulum movement, I think it's the movement that dominates my practice as opposed to the stillness, the inhabiting of asana in Vinyasa Krama.
Just my own personal experience, yours is different perhaps.
Have the urge to practice Primary for a month, pretend I'm in Mysore, or up to and including Karandavasana and pretend it's Rolf's.
Talking of vipassana, loving my lotus at the moment. Perhaps it's all the hip opener work I've been doing but for the last few months my lotus has been becoming more and more comfortable. They say it doesn't matter how you sit, on a cushion, bench, half, full lotus, tailor position or even lying down but there's a reason those old monks favour full lotus, it feels ruddy marvelous, just love to sit at the moment.
All that asana, supposedly just to help you sit for an hour or two at a time, well it seems to have done it's job. That said, though I can sit comfortably for an hour, I still feel it when I unfold, that left knee ( the one operated on ) will probably never be perfect.