Primary was delightful. I had nowhere to be, so I didn't have to cut any corners. I enjoyed working into the details of the postures and exploring some fun things that I don't always have the time or patience for. My hips were still nice and open from my Vinyasa practice yesterday so my lotus was especially effortless. The hamstrings, on the other hand, have been cranky for days. The right side, particularly, has pained me since Wednesday. I can stretch it out as much as I like but it still feels tight. It's interesting to note that, today, the tension seems to have travelled up and around to my right glutes. Immediately after my practice this morning, I felt the whole side knot up. I'm not sure what caused this but, as usual, I have a theory: I've been demonstrating too many postures in class. If and when I demonstrate or do a portion of the sequence with my students, I only do it on the first side -- the right side -- because by the time we get around to the second side, the students know what they're doing.
I try to remind myself not to do this, but I'm so out of my own body when I teach that I hardly feel anything. As much as I can be, I'm in my students' bodies (that sounds odd as I read this, but I think you know what I mean). I try to feel the practice as they might be feeling it, judging from the cues in the room. It prevents distraction and keeps the practice alive, but I worry that I'll injure myself jumping into a posture that I'm not warm enough or sensitive enough to do. More mindfulness is needed. More mindfulness and more Krounchasana.
Instead of drop backs today, I played with Urdhva Dhanurasana in some different ways. I started with the usual set of three, exhaling down to the crown of the head and walking the hands in every five breaths. Then I came down to rest for five. Then I went back up for a long hold and walked my hands in every five breaths. After twenty breaths of that, I could actually see my shins. Hell, I was in so deep I could see between my shins and look out the window in front of me. After that, I came down for a couple of breaths, then went back and up and played with Eka Pada (one-foot) and Eka Hasta (one-hand) Urdhva Dhanurasana. It was fun to break up the backbending routine and revisit some things I haven't touched on in a while.
As always, I'm glad to see Saturday just around the corner. I look forward to the late morning, the dedicated rest, and the oil bath, of course. I've been taking a weekly castor oil bath for the past month and it's been really wonderful. Seems to put everything back in order and get me ready for the week ahead.