I’m probably going to be doing a whole lot more yoga. It goes well with my studies, which I cannot wait to talk about (in April).
In other news, I FINALLY GOT MY IPHONE UNOCKED FROM AT&T & CONNECTED TO VERIZON! Woot! Woot! Am just finishing up the process of restoring the stuff on it from this morning’s backup!
Random thoughts that came up
- Static stretching & my tendency to do everything my own way: It’s funny that I was doing static stretching for years as a warm-up to ashtanga practice, for which the “conventional wisdom” and recommendations are that you do as close to nothing to prepare, before the Suryas, as possible. In my case there are certain poses that address specific bodily imbalances which, if done briefly before an ashtanga routine, make the whole thing much more enjoyable. Contrary to some indications I try to limit my masochism
- The beginner’s mind & the irony that excessive ego attachment is so much more prevalent in adept yoga practitioners. It makes total sense. People are attracted to things they’re good at, hence most yoga teachers are individuals who’ve experienced a lot of ego gratification via yoga, especially in the Instagram age.
- Suryas & fundamentals
- my basic Primary, with standard omissions and additions
- Realized I’d forgotten the Ardha Baddha Padmo yesterday. No wonder why Titthibhasana B was hard to bind! Was more of a slow, tedious practice than yesterday, but yoga is harder in a way that is not recognized by “the burn”. Also, problematically, if you increase your range of motion you kind of have to maintain attention to this permanently. This is because when lifting or building strength, things travel more than they should, and if you don’t stretch & smooth them out regularly they congeal in bad formations.
- 2nd thru Laghu Vajrasana, then a Kapo B. I’m still not attempting a bind and lowering elbows these days. Too risky. And I didn’t precede that with an EPRK (Eka Pada Rada Kapo) because I haven’t been practicing consistently.
- But I did do my 3 drop backs and 3 ticks after Urdhva D.
- Finishing to my Sirsasana menu. I skipped the rest of the finishing because I’d decided to do my daily sit & pranayama after.
- 1:17 to end of series poses for the day (to Kapo B today, w/ no Kapo reg. This is my way, post “Miami”).
- 1:27 to finishing
Rest from the HIIT that is! I was ridiculously stiff & sore last night and this morning. I’ve been over emphasizing the Julia circuits of course, and I’ve been getting a little bit low-level tweaky. So today jumping was absolutely forbidden! Well… not counting the jump throughs and jump backs and hand stands of my Primary+.
I wasn’t going to wear the monitor… But even if I know it’s going to be low part of me wants to know the stats, and that part always wins, lol.
A 106 average! That’s not even a brisk walk. This is about what a normal, low energy primary would be for me. And part of me is like, Oh man, you stopped just 2 short of cracking 400! I could’ve jogged in place for that last two. Silly.
- Suryas & fundamentals
- My primary+
- Second to Laghu Vajrasana,
- Urdhva D, 3 drop backs, 3 ticks
Even when I’m not that busy I have been dropping to a 4x per week schedule this summer, which is fine. I’m not trying to “get anywhere” or achieve anything besides maintenance of overall fitness: strength, endurance and flexibility.
Thoughts on Home Practice
I will say that I am looking forward to the yoga a lot lately. When I only practice the (for the most part) “easy” poses, and I do them after a cardio HIIT, it’s the “relaxing part at the end”, even if it’s 2/3rds the total routine. I know I congratulate myself a lot on finding something that works so well for me, but seriously… A lot of people who become (quite understandably) disenchanted with the ashtanga “scene” end up dropping it entirely. I brought this up over Wednesday’s lunch.
I knew people in NYC who went through the entire course of a considerable mysore style “career” without ever developing a home practice. I’m thinking of Katie here, who practiced for 11 years, before chronic injury & (inevitable) discord with Fucknut finally drove her to quit the studios. I haven’t talked to her in a few years, but the last time I did she was quite happy just working out & said she was in better shape than she’d ever been before doing just the yoga. She’d also never done complete yoga practices at home. Why?
Maybe part of it is the cost. I was paying $240 a month for yoga ten years ago. You can bet your ass I’d try to get my money’s worth and the energy of the room and teacher whenever humanly possible. It was only when the studios started getting further and further away I started regularly practicing at home at least some of the time.
I still wonder why Astanga disappeared from the gyms in NYC, sometime in the 2000s.
- (10/50) skipping, 30min set
- This was a very moderate set, with all the plank & core work, but the sweat was stll dripping off my face 2/3rds of the way in. If I do a full, solo ashtanga I don’t even work up a sheen, lol.
- Shoulder Tap Plank with Arm Extension (right) 1-arm plank. Touch opp shoulder & then extend arm straight forward. Hold 5lb weight?
- Shoulder Tap Plank with Arm Extension (left)
- Swaying Boat Pose C-sit, bent legs, palms together w/ arms extended. Rock knees from left to right with control.
- Pop-Up On hands and toes, rather than knees. Jump forward to a squat & then return.
- Temple Tap Abs
- 3-Way Knee Plank (right) Knee comes across to opp arm, center & then same side arm.
- 3-Way Knee Plank (left)
- Table Knee Tap Table top, press hips UP. Then pick up one knee & touch with opp hand. Alt sides.
- Mountain Climber
- Reverse Curl / V-abs
- Knee Cross Plank to Side Plank (right) Keeping top foot raised if possible?
- Knee Cross Plank to Side Plank (left)
- Toe Tap Crunch 3lb weight bet feet
- Burpee / Tuck Jump
Same as Wed except I got a tick in.
- Suryas & fundamentals
- Marichy C and D
- Pashasana to Laghu Vajrasana, EPRK, Kapo B
- Drop backs – 3
- Ticks – 1 I’d been hoping to do 3, because it’s been awhile, but naturally C came home JUST as I was setting up for the first one. Suddenly there’s a person walking back & forth in the room, past & behind my mat, and a dog. Gah! One thing I miss about having my own living space is having my own work space, but I’m lucky to be in a situation where I can work out at all. This I realize. So it took me a few tries to stick Tick #1 and I moved on.
Maybe tomorrow. I’m in the mood for more HIIT & yoga intervals. I can fit some ticks in there. Hopefully they’ll happen during a low room traffic moment.