|A very coy Triang Mukhottanasana|
My practice now consists of full Primary plus Intermediate to Bakasana with Primary only on Fridays, and it's just now getting nice and comfy. Primary feels like a warm-up. The series of Intermedate backbends that used to sap me dry are no big deal, and I look forward to playing with Bakasana before Urdhva Dhanurasana. The only problem, and it might not be a problem at all, is that students are generally made to practice Primary for a full year before moving on to Intermediate. I've also read, I think in Maehle's books, that a MINIMUM of three months of Primary should be completed with proficiency before adding any of 2nd series. I just want to know, energetically and practically, if it's okay for me to carry on with Intermediate so soon. J has said in the past that I can go as far as I like into Intermediate as long as I don't drop any of Primary until next year, but I'd really like to get Swenson's take on it.
I've been tempted this week to start working on the leg-behind-postures again. My hips have been pretty open and the lotus postures are still feeling good. It's almost as though my body craves Eka Pada Sirsasana. I can feel it vicariously, deep down in the hip joint whenever I think of it, but the thought of extending my practice further makes me a little anxious. These past couple of weeks have been such a blur. I've been teaching a lot and summer classes have begun, so I'm also busy with school, not to mention the recent move. I hesitate to add any more to the pile just now, no matter how much my hips may desire it.
Today is another busy day. So busy, in fact, that I'm not sure when I'll be able to do my practice. As soon as I finish this post, I'll jump in the shower, then head off to teach my first class of the day. After that, I'm teaching straight through until 7pm. I know I'll be exhausted this evening, but I don't want to skip a practice after my 3-day practice week earlier this month. Fortunately, I have two days completely to myself coming up this weekend before the Swenson adventure begins. I intend to unwind, have a nice Primary on Friday, and then rest on Saturday in preparation for the next two weeks.