Damn good practices these past few days. I'm still making an effort to practice a new sequence every day in the interest of fostering new teaching ideas, trying not to fall into the trusty old routines. It's really keeping me on my toes. I've been working with longer standing sequences, and my hips, butt, and thighs are telling me all about it. These longer sequences tend to end with a mind blowing hip opener or two. All that heat really makes for some serious sensation, and for the rest of the day my legs feel like they're pulsing with energy.
I've also been playing with pincha mayurasana (forearm stand) a little bit every day. The last few days I had been practicing it by the wall, but today I decided to bite the bullet and try it in the middle of the room (mostly because I didn't want to disrupt the flow of my practice by dragging my mat to the wall... lazy, or adventurous? You decide.) To my total astonishment, I stuck my first attempt for about 20 seconds, then the "Holy Crap!" kicked in and I tipped over backwards, saw my life flash before my eyes, and landed painlessly in a sloppy upward bow. Once I figured out that I could safely bail into a low backbend from forearm stand, I lost the fear and couldn't stick another one. I flipped right over every time. Apparently, the fear of God is a necessary element to my success in free-standing inversions (with the exception of headstand). It's been established. But I'm not giving up.
I did some more work by the wall after I failed to catch another one in the middle of the room. I held four of them for five breaths each, my toes only occasionally grazing the wall after the initial stabilization. This inversion feels more like a backbend than headstand or handstand. I actually want to drop my feet back behind me. Another odd little thing I noticed is that I want to point my toes in pincha mayurasana, which is strange because I never got into the habit of pointing my toes -- flexed feet or pointed feet only. I also happened to notice that this pose feels very good. It aligns and broadens the shoulders, opens the front body, and nicely works the chest and muscles wrapping around the ribs. A strong core is obviously necessary, and I'm finding that digging the fingertips into the mat helps with stability, distributing the weight along the length of the forearms rather than back in the elbows. A steady gaze is essential, and the fear of God doesn't hurt.
I've been sleeping and eating a lot lately. I must be on the downswing from my Summer of No Sleep, a.k.a yoga teacher training. Midday naps and all day snacks are pretty much dominating the schedule around here. I've been indulging myself, but intend to curb my lethargy and gluttony over the next few days if the drowsiness and constant munchies do not subside on their own. I'm teaching a private session early in the afternoon tomorrow, and the rest of the day is free for whatever my big, bold heart desires. Probably more yoga. Hopefully not sleep or snacks.
Lastly, I received a bit of good news this week: I am pleased to announce I'll be teaching another class! Starting on October 24th, I will be teaching a vinyasa class at Love Yoga Co-op, Sundays at 5:30 pm. If you're in the Austin area, come and check it out. The cost is just $12 per class and the space is absolutely gorgeous. Intimate, sacred... just lovely. Plus, I've got 75 minutes to really juice it up. I intend to use this time well, to put it mildly. Expect lots of balancing -- on the hands, feet, bum. You name it. We'll balance on it. Find your center, locate your self.