i like to ruminate on my training sessions a bit before posting, sometimes it takes a while for the real learning to sink in. and anyway my brain is slow right now. damn winter!
i was taught a lovely little trick called a webster last night, which should prove fun to perfect. it’s a bit of an ariel and a bit of a front flip (just google it). the fact that my legs seem to go naturally into splits as i rotate apparently makes it awe-worthy by the rest of the practitioners- even though i’m doing it into a foam pit and i don’t land on my feet. it’s nice to take on something new that doesn’t cause too much pain the next day. and i get to throw myself into the air, which is always a plus.
i also saw someone who doesn’t do yoga do an amazing yoga asana. the odd thing is that it came out of nowhere while i was showing the guys variations on headstands. spontaneous yoga! and totally awe-worthy!
[i’m looking everywhere for a picture of this asana, i’ll post when i find one]
i also heard ‘no, you’re not ready’ for the first time. and that’s something i’ve really had to chew on. i’ve actually been looking forward to it for a few reasons:
- in my yoga practice i’ve never heard it, but i say it to practitioners all the time. now i know what it feels like. (it’s not so bad, actually welcome, i was extending beyond my range.)
- it gives me tons more confidence in my instructors. this was an unexpected bonus. it’s sort of humbling and inspiring at the same time. nice combo!
- it gave me the opportunity to go back and keep working where i needed to be.
when i opened Ekam i was told that no one would accept the traditional teaching method of ashtanga vinyasa yoga (adding one posture at a time to the sequence), that people (read: westerners) couldn’t handle being told ‘no’ or ‘stop’. i’ve actually found that people have been very receptive to this method and actually welcome it. though there have been a few who have not. my experience this week reinforces my commitment to this method, for the reasons listed above, and the fact that it works!
and i had a minor break-through last night. while continuing my routine back-flipping repetitions into the pit i decided to try to not try so hard. this method has worked in my yoga practice in the past and i often tell practitioners to give it a try. the result wasn’t perfect, but it felt a helluva lot easier and had me landing on my feet. so i should be able to do more repetitions now and use them to clean up the little bits that are left to perfect. and just when i was starting to think i’d never be able to move my back flips onto the floor.