One important thing to be constantly kept in mind when doing the asanas is the regulation of breath. It should be slow thin, long and steady; breathing through both nostrils with rubbing sensation at the throat and through the esophagus inhaling when coming through the oesophagus inhaling when coming to the straight posture and exhaling when bending the body.
The asanas are best practised early in the morning on an empty stomach. Those who are weak may do asanas after lapse of an hour after taking light liquid diet like milk. The head down postures should be done only after the lapse of at least three hours after a meal and the CHURNING (NOULI) after the lapse of six hours.
We have already mentioned that all asanas are not necessary for each individual. But a few of us at least should learn all the asanas so that the art of Yoga may not be forgotten and lost".
Did anyone catch the Iyengar video I posted yesterday, black and white, silent and all the more eloquent for that. If you didn't, then you no doubt saw others elsewhere, some nice ones on Yogadork, the French documentary especially caught my eye.
I must admit it does give me pause, working recently on lengthening the breath I've had to cut down on the amount of asana I practice and over the last six months I've watched the fancy ones drift away, back to just my toes in kapo, when I do actually get around to practicing it that is, and arm balances, what arm balances.
I say 'the fancy one's but I still think Krishnamacharya in Janu sirsasana is pretty fancy, or Iyengar in Purvotasana ...but you know what I mean right.
Flowers wilting in an abandoned vase
So less asana and I've put on a couple of extra kilo, catch myself eating rubbish a lot of the time, Is that because of the colder weather? Body telling me to blubber up a little, while the mind, still with the best of intentions, looks woefully on.
Is there a link between willpower and practice?
I'm still on the mat every morning for a couple of hours and in the evening but it feels less 'full on'. There's always a steeling of one's will for Ashtanga, when the 'mountain to come' flashes through the mind. OK, perhaps not always, sometimes it's just a stroll in the hills but still.
Current focus on the breath is quite ....pastoral
The long long breaths were always an experiment, ten second inhalations weren't intended for keeps. It was expected to drop back to around five or six seconds but I tried to practice straight Primary Friday, at regular speed and found myself slowing it down constantly, why breathe quickly again, what's the point?
Well, you can touch on a lot more asana, practice a lot more asana, polish a lot more asana.....
Clearly having a little whinge out of asana envy, Ahhhh Iyenga
|my favourite asana envy|