Today felt less cold. I could still feel my back but my energy was good. We placed the mats a bit forward: third one from the back. It was nice to change perspective. We were between two Korean guys :-) My body was not so warm but felt really good in the standing. I was super stable in utthita hasta padangusthasana. Seated was good as always. But my navasana was really weak. I used a towel under my sacrum but it didn’t help. I used my scarf and it felt better on my bone. But my bandhas felt weak and I had to come down a few times. Ha... Supta kurmasana felt really deep as my sternum was touching the ground. It was nice to practice next to Olivia. I felt very comfortable. As the guy next to me stopped at marichyasana D, I had more space in upavista konasana. All the rolling ups were good. I was a bit unstable in ubbhaya padangusthasana. Sharathji was next to me helping the guy and I was kinda smiling as he couldn’t really see my shaky legs hehe. Setu bandhasana was okay though I still felt my back of the neck. Urdhva dhanurasana was bad. I didn’t really walk my hands on the third one. I respect my back... :-) Sarvangasana sequence was good and sirsasana felt really stable. I got more energised towards the end of the practice. Utplitih felt longer today than other days but I was still holding till the end. I even lifted my legs a bit higher from the 6th count. I am kinda enjoying Sharathji’s utplitih count (hehe - evil smiles). When we did the closing chant, I got so emotional (again) feeling so happy, happy to be here, happy to be able to practise, happy to be surrounded by good people and happy to be healthy. I almost cried but didn’t... :-) I took like a 30-second rest and got out. After the practice I felt so recharged and content. I think my 'worries on the back' really affects my practice. Today as I knew we don't need to do catching, I was mentally much more relaxed and it was shown in my asana practice. I really liked today's conference too. I could relate myself to so many things Sharathji said. I find it very sweet that he is an enthusiastic wildlife photographer. I thought of my husband..... I mean.. they can be good friends together (hahahaha). They both have same passion and they are about same age! hahahah ;-) When he talked about his sadhana, I felt such respect for him and I liked his metaphor on carving the stone. His talk matched with the book I just finished. What a coincidence!
At Sharath Yoga Centre on 18/1/20 (Sat) from 6:30 to 8:00
Teacher: Sharath Jois