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UPDATE ; Day 9 (Evening practice) TOUCHDOWN!
Most likely as a result of being a little more warmed up, more prep and having the time to have three goes at this tonight meant I was able to lower all the way to the mat this evening.
If I'm honest it's probably Samakonasana leaning towards upavishta konasana, a side view would no doubt show that my backside isn't in line with my feet (bit behind) but I'll take this for now, it's somewhere to work from and feels good. On the third go I lowered and was able to do some Vinyasa Kramaa hand/arm vinyasas and try a little pranayama and bandha work, feel that once I get used to it it will be relatively comfortable for a long stay.
Here's the picture just as I touch the mat and the video below that. the rest of the post is from this morning.
Here's the prep from a comment I left on a Samakonasana blog post yesterday.
Prep for me is some standing triangle postures, utthita trikonasana’s utthita parrsva konasana’s then the parasarita padottanasana’s. Down to the mat for upavishta konasana, some vinyasa Krama hand/arm variations, to the side etc. in that. Next, badha konasana then a long paschimottanasana, back up to parasarita padottanasana and then start lowering into samakonasana as far as I can go. Stay there for a few breaths then rotate to the side for hanumanasana, back to samakonasana hopefully a little deeper, rotate to the other side for hanumanasana and then back to samakonasana.
I was just going to leave this post ticking away in the top corner but I think it finally sunk in this morning that this is going to be doable. Up until now I couldn't work out how or where the 'opening' was going to come, couldn't see the tendons (which i thought were what was holding me back) stretching enough, in this life time, to lower all the way to the ground.
But people do it so there must be a work around. It seems to be in in turning the knees up and kind of tilting the hip up, rotating the femurs ( on a femur trip at the moment can you tell)....
Anyway, still not sure what I'm doing exactly but stuff is happening, trying not to overdo it it with the growing excitement of getting closer, forcing myself to back off and let it happen over time, probably more like a month than three though.
Interestingly I'm already noticing a knock on factor in utthita haste padangusthasana. 2nd series tonight so see what it's doing to my leg behind head in there and planning on practicing a rare 3rd (for me recently) at the weekend just to see if it has an effect on vasisthasana and viswamitrasana.
Here's this mornings picture and video.
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Having fun with it though, exploring some different prep postures, focusing on the breath, bandhas etc. Still feels a little silly and it's making me question what is and isn't asana but that's never a bad thing.