Today, I lost myself so completely in the sensation and the flow that I forgot Pasasana and went right through the warriors, into Primary through Purvottanasana before I realized what I had done. Oops. But perhaps it was what my body needed. Paschimottanasana took care of a tweak in the back that had been bugging me, and the inclusion of Purvo showed as extra space in Bhekasana.
As for Pasasana, I have not bound this posture in some time. As a rule, I am giving myself less time to work into the postures, which may account for it in some way. There is also the fact that I am practicing earlier in the day and without the Marichyasanas as preparation for the twist. Pasasana is one of the few postures that makes me wish I practiced regularly with a teacher. Pasasana and Dwi Pada...
And Karandavasana. I know last week I mentioned that it might be time to tack it on, but I am having second thoughts. While my hips have opened considerably in recent months, I cannot get my legs into a safe lotus without the use of my hands, which precludes Karandavasana.... unless I modify.... which I might do.
Then again, I am not Dwi Pada-ing on my own, so my practice time might be better spent on LBH preparations than on moving forward in the series at this time. The postures that follow Pincha -- my present stopping point -- aren't going to help me get my shoulders open for a consistent heel grab in Kapo, either.
So that settles it. I'm staying put for now. On days when I want a longer practice, I can just put a bit of Primary in there before going on to Intermediate. In the future I hope to do this consciously, not unconsciously as I did today. Bad lady.
On the topic of teachers or lack thereof, one of the great things about having a teacher is that they will tell you when you are horribly crooked in a posture, even if your body won't. Years of balancing heavy trays of food exclusively on my left hand have left me with a shortened right side. My right hip cocks up. My right shoulder pulls down. This feels natural, but I am working to correct this. Recently, the imbalance is showing up in Kapo, so I decided to grab a video (my sometimes-substitute for a teacher) from a different angle to see what's going on.
The first thing I noticed was the excess tension in my right hand as I take the arms back. Then I start to veer right and that trend continues all the way to the floor. Granted, it is not dramatic, in large part because I am very aware of the imbalance and doing my best to compensate with the information that I have. Then there's the issue of the wide elbows; this is me working really hard to pull them in. Feet were extra slippery today so I couldn't get a good grip to pull against.
The arms are excessively bent in Kapo B -- feeling super tight in the shoulders lately -- but I work to push them a little bit straighter on every exhalation. All in all, it felt good and I was pleased with the jump through that follows, as evidenced by the sweaty, panting, post-Kapo grin.