This is a problem for Vinyasa Krama, great in principle to cover a wide range of postures but some you just need to do day in day out. I was able to do lot of postures on the course but this was only because I'd practiced most of them day after day. If your doing the core VK routine of Tadasana, long Paschimottanasana, Shoulder stands and headstand including prep and Maha mudra, then that's an hour gone. I tend to do a 90 minutes to two hours asana practice every morning, I do the core practice plus a bunch of the same postures I'm working on if not everyday then every other day. I rotate the rest of the subroutines within the different sequences where possible, it kind of works but only because it's a long practice. Something to think about.
So 3rd, second half was OK but my arm balances where weak, a complete turn around from when I was exploring it a year ago, then the arm balances where less challenging and I wasn't interested in muscling up anymore, one of the reasons I became disenchanted with it. In awe of those who do it everyday and having just finished Intermediate, even more in awe of those who do the first half of 3rd after 2nd while awaiting their split. Respect.
Primary I ended up doing Saturday, comforting as usual in it's familiarity. Felt tidy and controlled, breath was good, the VK practice has had a good effect on it I think. I sweated a lot and that's something else that's been playing on my mind re. VK. You don't sweat as much in a Vinyasa Krama practice, I kind of miss that detox effect of sweating buckets every morning. There are sections of the VK practice where you do sweat, it is a tough practice but not to the same degree. But then you really don't feel like forty minutes of Pranayama and meditation after such a sweaty practice, again more to think about.
Just finished Ashtanga 2nd. My VK practice is quite close to it anyway but this morning I still did tadasana and all my usual standing but then did 2nd by the book (had to check a couple of places too). Pretty well controlled, breathing not bad. Krounchasana is better, seem to have lost my hands to heels form the air Kapo again (comes and goes). LBH postures are better and better but then I do them everyday (see, again the doing postures everyday issue). Karanda took two attempts (had tried something from a Kino video but it messed with my balance so switched back, interesting though, post to come on this after more work). The lotus to handstand has helped and I can keep my chin off the mat but still end up too squished with an untidy exit. The seven deadlies (headstands) felt amazing, haven't done them more than a couple of times recently but have been doing long long headstand in VK every morning. Oh and Vatayanasana was most steady, probably because I squat down into it in VK standing, that was a surprise though.
Monday I'm looking forward to just a core VK practice long long Paschi' and inversions and more time for Pranayama. I did this on wednesday, kept the asana down to an hour and had time for the full quota of Viloma Ujaii pranyama and three trips round the mala in Japa, delightful.
Still interesting to do both practices together and see how they play on each other and I still need to work this out, might stick with Friday Primary, Saturday 2nd series and Sunday 3rd for a little while, VK Monday to Thursday, besides Ashtanga IS a Vinyasa Krama practice, just a very vigorous one. I can get the vigorous side out of my system over the weekend and settle into the calmer practice during the week.