Primary Friday: Ashtanga Daze
Fortunately, practice rooms are not heated in Ashtanga. What with ujjayi pranyama and the bandhas and vinyasas, the practice itself is heated enough. But now the weather is warming up. This had not occurred to me before, but I may need to modify my practice as we transition into the reign of the Texas summer sun. Fewer Surya Namaskar and softer breath should help me make it through, at least until I grow accustomed to the practice and the season. I'll just have to try and remember this before I'm half dead at Setu Bandhasana with Intermediate staring me in the face.
Speaking of Intermediate, J has encouraged me to do Primary only without my 2nd series poses at least once in a while. I'd like to do this once a week, but it didn't happen this week. I don't do it on Fridays, per the tradition, because I go to T's class and she helps me with the Intermediate stuff. I'd prefer to do the Primary practice at home, so I might start doing that on Sundays. It could be a nice way to ease into the week, although I've read that the reason for the tradition of practicing Primary only on Fridays is to seal the energy in for the day off on Saturday. Should I not be walking around my front body all open and exposed on the weekends?
Come to think of it, these Primary Friday posts don't really make sense anymore. When I initiated the Primary Friday custom, I wasn't practicing Ashtanga every day. That was the whole point -- Fridays were special because they were Ashtanga days. Now every day is Ashtanga Day. Maybe I should replace the Primary Friday posts with something like the "Rest Day Rehash," or keep it simple and call every post from this point on "Ashtanga Delirium." Thoughts? ;)