Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Class# 283; AYC DC Mysore Class # 125: Balmy Weather Discoveries.

Woke up this morning to a heat wave of 35 degrees fahrenheit.
Now, this is what weather in DC is supposed to be like!

Slight chill, but nothing to chill a northern gal to the core.
None of this frigid weather that seized up each and every one of my muscles, especially attacking my hip-flexors, making many poses (including standing from UD) nearly impossible.

Back to a solid non-cranky practice this morning. On thing I did discover, if you stand you also have to drop back. Go figure. Apparently it's not cool to stand, then just sit yourself back down on your mat and set up for another Urdhva Dhanurasana, stand and repeat a couple of times.

The idea of dropping back, for some reason, just freaks me out.

It would really be nice to stop thinking - I think I think too much. I find myself in deep back bend and freak out. Gentle A called me out on this morning - told me just to let go. So I did - I was just about touch the ground with my fingertips, then... *THWAP* Full forward solid double knee plant - like the hammer of a mousetrap hitting the platform. Knees were forward, not hips. Assisted dropbacks, no problem. But I think of it this way, I've now fallen on my head and knees - maybe next time I'll find some middle ground.

At least I now know where the band-aids are kept in the shala.


cranky housefrau said...

who said yoga isn't a contact sport?

alfia said...

I actually fell on top of my head a couple of times - not as scary as it seems! Still have my neck intact. But I do understand the fear.

annabella said...

I need to comment here to say that I too have fallen on my head, on the wood floor. Very loud noise. Teacher said, "well, now you know the worst that can happen." Ha!

LI Ashtangini said...

not to diminish your fall, but I've fallen onto my head out of a handstand onto a solid mahogany floor. Good times. Didn't really hurt though, I kind of bounced, LOL. Will your teacher let you do dropbacks against the wall?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure D would let me use the wall. I still have a couple more goes in me. And I really did it on my own this past Saturday with Alfia and Tova.

I've decided that I just need to let go and fall on my head.