Sunday came and that meant Bobbie and I had the chance to practice together in our little home shala.
Helpful reminder: Don’t practice with the person teaching you, especially if you’re the only other one there. That teacher likely will find the little things you aren’t doing right.
In this case, it is the wrong things that I’m not doing right. Can you do things you aren’t supposed to be doing incorrectly? The answer: Yes.
Here’s a probably incomplete list:
* I wrote about bring my arms up in Sun Salutes a little forward of my body. “Incorrect,” Bobbie told me, and showed me. “See how together the shoulder blades get?” I saw. So arms essentially in a straight line when bringing them above your head — including in Warrior.
* I’m having a tough time with keeping the pads of my hands stuck to the ground in Down Dog.
* Do I even have to say my breath and bandhas could use some additional work?
* Here’s one to think about: In Utthita Hasta, she suggested for the final part of the pose, when you are extending your pointed foot, to have my dristi be where I want my foot eventually to be. Looking down at the sad, so near the ground foot, may be pitching me forward a bit. That was the first time I’d heard that. It seemed to work on the second “easy” side.
* Finally, less a doing it wrong that trying to show me what doing it right is: Bobbie, in Janu A, anchored my folded leg and really twisted my from the upper torso. “It’s a stretch here,” she said, patting the right side of my ribcage during the first “harder” side. And then we repeated on the left. I think, perhaps, you twist in this one where you breath in them all?
Now, a brief look back: On the Surya Namaskara B post (link above on “wrong”), a commenter, Michelle, raised another possible avenue to investigate: for stiffness relief Ayurveda. My initial reaction (since I’m feeling all petulant from the pain of stretching) is: Wasn’t the Rolfing enough?
My slightly less petulant reaction is: I’ll admit to being not sold on Ayurveda as being that … how to say it … effective as a cure. I think it is OK at maintenance, as part of a healthy lifestyle, but I’m not sure it is as efficacious for treatment.
But I don’t know that much. This is my experience of seeing people who follow Ayurvedic practices. And I know our raw diet is totally not Ayurvedically approved. So I feel like I’m starting from a difficult point if I were to tread that road.
But if anyone has a more informed opinion, I’m listening.
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