Primary Friday: Playing Hooky
Normally, I'd be on my way to T's Mysore room right now, but instead I think I'll stay in today and do my practice at home. S took me all the way to Yoganidrasana on Wednesday and, quite frankly, I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. With so many new postures to work on, my practice has become this huge, clunky thing that I'm not exactly sure how to deal with just yet. Nobel has been discussing his own practice of 2nd series recently, to split or not to split, and I'm suddenly in a similar situation.
Here's my dilemma: I'm fairly certain that, had I not decided to check out the Mysore classes I've been attending, I'd still be practicing Primary only. As far as I'm concerned, my Primary could still use a lot of work, lotus modifications aside. But I love the backbends of 2nd series and I think they're a great compliment to all the forward bending of Primary. So I figured when I got Kapo that I'd just settle into that practice and enjoy full Primary + 2nd through Kapo for a good long while. Then S hit me with the entire first half of 2nd series and I don't know what to do.
T told me last week that, once I included Laghu Vajrasana in my practice, I could stop Primary at Navasana and move from there into 2nd series, which is appealing since it saves me some time, but I miss the work of Bhujapidasana, Kurmasana, and Supta Kurmasana. Also, I haven't quite mastered the rolling up to balance in Ubhaya Padangusthasana and Urdhva Mukha Paschimottanasana, so I don't want to skip out on that.
I've never heard of this sort of splitting of Primary and 2nd series before. Is this customary? In the midst of my confusion, I've been experimenting a bit in my home practice with the different combinations. Earlier this week, before S gave me Kapo, I practiced full Primary plus 2nd through Laghu Vajrasana. Then on Tuesday, after she gave me Kapo through Bakasana, I practiced Primary through Navasana and 2nd through Bakasana. Then yesterday, after acquiring the leg-behind-head postures the day before, I went my own way and practiced Primary through Supta Kurmasana and 2nd through Bakasana, omitting the new poses I'd been given. I just wasn't feeling up to trying the LBH postures on my own, and I needed a little more time to absorb the practice I'd just been given. Today, I intend to tackle all of Primary + 2nd through Yoganidrasana just to see how it goes. I've got the entire evening to while away, so why not?
On a sad note, Wednesday was my last day with S. I didn't know she'd be leaving so soon! She made the announcement before the chant and it hit me harder than I had expected. I've learned so much from her in so short a time. Often, I was one of only two or three students in her class, and once I was the ONLY student, so she's invested a lot of her time and attention in my practice. Not only that, but she seemed to particularly enjoy telling me the sweetest, most amusing stories about the old days of Ashtanga in Austin and her experiences with the members of the Jois family. Practice with S was always a delight. I will miss her very much.
And, of course, I'm left to wonder, what will the new teacher be like...?