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First practice with Ajay Kumar

Yoga and Magic...

sunny 28 °C

So I made it successfully this morning to practice. It suddenly got uncomfortably hot again and so I was awake from about 4.20 am, milling around, showering, and sitting under the fan having coffee. I was at the Shala for 6.15 am ready for the 6.30 practice. Ajays very strict on people being on time or you don't go in. Simple as. Also no talking in the practice room. Which sets up a focussed vibe and make it easier to 'go within'. I'm glad I only live 2 minutes walk away- its pretty impossible for me to be late. Also the suns coming up and its warm enough to make getting out of bed very easy. It was also pointed out to me a couple of weeks ago that me not going to sleep before midnight isn't a problem here, its not like at home where I sleep for 4 hours, practice, and then have to go and work for hours. Here I can sleep for 4 hours, practice, eat, go back to sleep for another few hours, have a lovely walk, catch up on email, read, study. and soon its midnight again... I will get round to socializing a bit more but after months of customer services am still pretty blissed out just being in silence most of the time. I think I forgot everything I knew about mortgages on the plane on the way here, somewhere over Bratislava...

The practice was beautiful. I think its a combination of heat, rest, and Yin practice that made it more comfortable than it has felt in a long time. Nothing felt awkward though Ajay told me to take it easy around Mari D, being mindful of the knee thing, though that seemed a lot better. He's a fantastic and intuitive teacher, he kind of taps into your areas of tension and gets you to release much further into the postures and so experience them afresh. I really loved his approach to Utthita Hasta Padangustasana as he has taken the bending forward out of the equation in favour of bringing the leg towards your head/torso at 90 degrees which actually makes you more aware of the 'mudra' like quality of this posture- when you bend forward its all too easy to find the energy circulating round the periphery of tense shoulders and the Uddiyana Bandha just goes out the window if you're not careful. So that was great and I'm going to take it a little further every day. Kurmasana's still a work in progress and Eiliche was saying he'd taught her a new approach. So its all good. Theres an Italian girl in class called Chiara who does the most beautiful drop-backs I've ever seen... And she smiles on the way down... Its appropriate for an asana thats kind of like a smile..

Afterwards I sat in the cafe for a while and had fresh papaya juice with my iron supplement and then went home for breakfast and slept for a few hours. This evening, more Yin Yoga and Neil Gaiman. I've nearly finished 'American Gods' and it is wicked- it really makes you think about mythology and how we can create our own, in fact, how we do. The book jumps back and forwrsd in time taking you back to parts of human history where the mindset was very different, and I've been likening the different periods to Greg Maehle's writing about different levels of consciousness and how they go hand in hand with the different phases of literature in Yoga- from the Vedas to the Tantras, how people related to their Gods, with and without intermediaries. I practice Yoga because I want to journey back to Eden...

Posted by victoria8 06:06 Archived in India Tagged women

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