we get to practice together...Mysore style
I got up a little later this morning, began my practice around, what, half past six. A little pranayama, Ramaswami's ten minute tadasana sequence, sury A and B but taken real slow, three to five breaths at each stage at each asana within the sequences. Then on to regular Sury's and full Ashtanga standing sequence but again, taken slow, long deep full breathing, 8 second inhale, 8 second exhale with kumbhaka's.
Standing took an hour, a nice hour.
Decided to do most of Ramaswami's Vinyasa Krama Bow sequence as prep for the first half of 2nd series this morning, up to kapo and Supra vajrasana then some Advanced A backbends and drop backs before my regular version of Ashtanga finishing sequence.
My Kapo has gone awol recently and wanted to get back to heels at least.
Around nine, Just as I was starting the Dhanurasana's M. came down and poked her head in the home shala. Recently she's taken to popping in for a few minutes in the mornings to warm up in frount of the halogen heater (boiler is broken again so no central heating this Christmas).
This morning I had her mat rolled out ready just in case.
The best thing about the holidays of course is that M. doesn't have to commute to London for work, and rather than her occasional mini practice at the foot of the bed she just might come down and do a full practice in the home Shala, and with me.
She has her own Vinyasa Krama routine now, she didn't take to Ashtanga though I tried (makes her agitated supposedly). I give her an extra VK subroutine or couple of postures to try every now and again but most of the time she's too rushed for little more than a short tadasana sequence and a couple of sury's.
So in she comes and I'm laying on my belly of course for dhanurasana but out of the corner of my eye I catch her slow movements, hear her breath settling into it's rhythm.
A moment of pride of course at her pasasana, trying not to smile or let her know that I noticed her bind.
And on it goes, just getting on with practice, my Yoga Makaranda/Vinyasa Krama inspired Ashtanga, her straight Vinyasa Krama.
And then at one point we just happen to synchronise a transition through up and down dog, a moment of silent joy not acknowledged until later, until afterwards....
"(grinning) Did you notice that...?"
"Yes, me too, wondered if you had..."
Being up in headstand and looking back at her in shoulderstand...
It's curious, you don't quite forget that anyone else is in the room with you but every now and again they drift in and out again of focus, into the background of practice
is this what it's like in the shala's, in Mysore?
And then, at the end, half ten or so, I'm quietly practicing my pranayama and she's sitting just a little ahead of me on her bright yellow prana mat getting on with her own meditation practice.
Oh and kapo was better too, a little better.