Primary felt just like home. Mid-way through the standing sequence, I was happier than a hipster in an Apple store. It might be a couple of weeks before I get my upper body strength back, but flexibility seems to have remained intact. I managed all postures well with just a couple of modifications and floated through the vinyasas without crashing, but I really felt it in the shoulders after practice. The only thing left out were the drop backs. My right shoulder felt tweaked in Urdhva Dhanurasana, and while my body craves those dynamic backbends, I'd better not push it just yet.
After practice, I went downtown to teach a couple of classes. It was so wonderful to see all those shining faces again and to feel the high-octane energy of that room. After class, a couple of students were talking about the Kundalini classes we offer. When I mentioned that I didn't know anything about it because I'd never done Kundalini, they heartily recommended that I give it a try. And since the next class on the schedule was none other than Candle Kundalini, I did exactly that.
It was great! No one could be more surprised than I at how much I enjoyed the Kundalini experience. The class was a lovely mix of chanting, dynamic asana, and meditation. While I was pleasantly surprised at the physical intensity of the practice, I particularly appreciated the opportunity to use my voice in a different way. I don't often share this with people because there is a tendency to ask me to "sing something" on the spot, but since you, my darling readers, cannot do that, I'll share this with you: I used to sing quite a lot -- took professional lessons for years, dabbled in musical theater and vocal performance, even went to school on a music scholarship for voice -- but for painful and complicated reasons, I don't often sing anymore. For this reason, all the chanting and singing and unabashed OMing was very powerful and healing. I felt again the strong vibrations of my own voice rattling my inner body and it felt very, very good.
It's definitely not a practice to replace the Ashtanga, but will I do it again? You know, I think I just might.