Friday I decided to do my normal Friday primary (at the shala), two hours, made it as far as Navasana before switching to finishing, rushed it a bit.
Since then, with the excuse of another typhoon floating about I've practiced at home, Wonderful Krishnamacharya 2nd series or rather middle group practices with pranayama.
I thought of going to the shala today but couldn't get past the idea that the half hour I spent cycling to the shala and then back again could be half hour of pranayama before and after my asana practice.
Lots I could be improving and tidying up at the shala of course, it's a nice space, atmosphere, good people, excellent teacher but good stuff happening here at home, lots of 'Ahhhh' moments again.
Feels like five/six months since I did my own practice( not counting my shorter evening VK/pranayama practice, talking about my main morning practice), nice to feel it coming back. I should give my mysore pass to the first unhealthy or stressed out person I see, shame to have it go to waste.
Did anybody actually read through the instructions for bharadvajrasana from Krishnamacharya's Yoga Makaranda part II that I posted it yesterday ( I know, text heavy post, need to make this practice more accessible), stunning approach to the posture, he talks of building up to 12 and eventually 48 breaths with kumbhakas after both the inhalation and exhalation, looks over the the other shoulder too. Look how detailed the instruction, wonderful stuff.
BHARADVAJASANA from YM2
1. Sit on a piece of soft folded cloth, with one leg stretched straight in front, and the other leg folded back at the knee, so that the foot is close and by the side of the buttocks, the sole of the foot upturned, toes stretched and the back of the foot touching the cloth. The knees should be as close as possible. The foot of the leg, stretched in front, should be upright, to the ground and not inclined sideways. The body should be erect and the spinal column stretched-chin lock.
2. Bend the stretched leg (say the right) at the knees and bring the right heel very near the umbilicus. The right knee should touch the ground. Both the knees should be as near to each other as possible.
3. The right hand is taken round the back to catch hold of the toes of the right leg. The palm to touch the back of the foot.
4. The palm of the left hand is placed on the cloth below the right thigh. The hand should be stretched and not bent at the elbow. The left wrist should touch the outside of the thigh.
5. Twist trunk to face front. Turn the head, so that the chin is over the left shoulder.
6. Take deep inhalations and exhalations with holding in of breath and holding out of
breath. Both types of kumbhakam are necessary. The total rounds of deep breaths may be slowly increased as practice advances, from 12 to 48.
7. Repeat with the other leg.
Note: This is contra indicated to those who have had abdominal operation.