Primary Friday: Strange Behavior
I had a fantastic Primary practice yesterday in T's room and I found out that the free Mysore on Fridays will continue through September, which is good news. Even if I decide not to purchase more classes, at least I'll have an extra eye on my practice once a week. Although T hasn't been giving me much attention for the past several sessions. She helps me with the Intermediate hang backs and final backbend, but that's it. I waited for her a little while on Friday before taking on Supta Kurmasana, hoping she would come over and help me get my legs crossed, but no such luck. She's usually pretty busy with beginners. The class size has grown considerably.
With this growth also comes a strange variety of behavior. The lady who began her practice just to my left did a few Surya and then proclaimed aloud to no one in particular that it was "too hot," rolled up her mat and left. For the record, it wasn't especially hot. Certainly much cooler than last week! A pair of ladies in the corner chatted intermittently throughout the practice, one of whom wasn't even practicing Ashtanga. At one point, she asked T loudly "when we practice handstands at the wall." I guess she was confused. Anusara. Ashtanga. Same thing. At the other extreme, there was an older guy there who was completely new to yoga. First time ever. T led him through the Suryas, a few standing postures, and some of finishing. After he was done, T asked him how he felt and he said, "Amazing!" That was nice.
In spite of the minimal adjustments and the obvious fact that I was distracted by all of the activity, I had a very clean practice. I felt strong. Jump backs were much lighter than they have been in recent weeks. My knees are still feeling pretty good and lotus postures are accessible. In fact, while walking the dog and getting my vitamin D today, I had a revelation regarding the rotation of the thigh in Padmasana, about how it's a three-step process: 1) close the knee, 2) abduct and externally rotate the thigh, and 3) internally rotate while in abduction and fold the leg into place as one piece. It seems so obvious now, but I'm excited to try it out in my practice tomorrow. I've read both Maehle's and Swenson's detailed instructions on how to enter Padmasana without injuring the knee multiple times. To be perfectly honest, I've understood them in theory, but not in practice. I think I finally get it. I'll find out tomorrow.