If I'm being perfectly honest, I still don't quite think I'm ready for the LBH postures (EXCEPT Yoganidrasana... love & joy surrounds this pose). I can get my leg behind my head easily enough, but I can't figure out how to make it stay. I'm also a little concerned about the possibility that too much fumbling and experimentation in these postures will tweak my already compromised knees. The left knee is beginning to express intolerance for lotus postures as well as the right. I'm back to modifying on both sides, which might actually be better since I'll be maintaining some sense of symmetry.
Kapo is going well... hehe. Who am I kidding? It's REALLY EFFING HARD! I have not, as yet, been able to get my elbows to stay down without assistance. Though I do consistently get my fingertips to the soles of my feet, I can't get my bearings enough to really grab hold of anything. Today I practiced on the second day of my LH and the day after a rest day. A double whammy. Now, frankly, I've never honored this "no practice on ladies' holiday" business, but Kapo may bring me to change my criminal ways. Holy hell, that hurt. I don't remember ever feeling that much resistance in my low back. I worked through it, but boy howdy (that's right, I just said "boy, howdy!"), I never want to feel that again.
Practice on Friday was fantastic. Today, however, I felt especially fragile from the first Surya A. My knees were creaky, my elbows were sore, and my shoulders... well, my shoulders were suspiciously fine. Jump backs were nice and strong, considering how unstable I felt. Jump throughs, however, seem to have suffered some sort of mortal blow. I blame all the straight-leg jump through discussion that's been going on this past week (Thanks a lot, Grimmly, Nobel, エスタ, and the rest of you punks...). I've had my straight-leg jump throughs for a long time. Barring total exhaustion, they pretty much just happen for me. But not today. I couldn't stop going through the checkpoints in my mind. Feet together, broad shoulders, strong hands... and BANDHAS, girl, fire up those bandhas! Then again, speaking of bandhas, it could've been the LH throwing a wrench in the old gears. Yeah... that's what it was. (Sorry friends, I didn't mean what I said about you being punks... You're fine, upstanding yogis, all.)
Tomorrow will be my first practice with the teacher who's taking over S's Monday and Wednesday Mysore. I am, of course, curious to know the how it will go. I've only got another month or so of bi-weekly classes purchased. After that, it's two solid weeks with Swenson, and then I'm back to slogging through the muck all on my own. At least that's the plan. And this brings me to wonder: if the new teacher tries to give me more of 2nd, should I take the instruction while I can get it and set it aside for later, when I'm ready? Or, if she tries to give me Titti, should I tell her straight out that I think I need to slow down?