Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Juneathon day 3: Fully fundamental

I think Brett has decided I'm never going to get all the way to the floor in Utthita Parsvakonasana and as much was clear to Jamie on Monday as well, when he suggested that my next step was to do even more sun salutations. I was afraid I was going to be doing not-even-the-entire-fundamental-series for the rest of my life in the hopes that my hips will open and my arms will get long enough to reach the floor properly. But Brett had other ideas, and today had me add to my practice. I'm still working on utthita parsvaokonasana (that's why they call it practice, I guess, always trying to improve) and I've got no hope for the revolved version, parivritta parsvakonasana, so he didn't even go there with me. Instead he just said to add on the next bits, prasarita padottanasana and parsvottanasana, which gets me through the entire fundamental asanas (except for that revolved side angle one and the side angle that I'm still not quite fully into). Basically adding some shoulder and chest opening to the leg opening warmup. My shoulders are really flexible in some directions, so that I have to work hard in down dog not to collapse past a straight arms-and-shoulders-and-hips line, but really really really tight in other directions, barely pulling away from my back in prasarita padottanasana C (wide-legged forward bend with your arms over your head backwards.

Pretty pleased I seem to be doing ok at Juneathon so far, day 3 and no skipping! I wish I could start my Juneathon counting from Saturday because for the first time in a really long time (or maybe ever) I'm on 5 days in a row. I seem to have lost the plot on this post, though, as I started it at 8:30 before the workday started and have forgotten what I wanted to say now that lunchtime has rolled around and I can finish it.


Anonymous said...

Excellent! I was feeling a bit shady about having yoga as my activity today. Partly because I'm not half as energetic as you sound, and partly because I enjoy it so it doesn't feel like an effort! Keep it up x

Megan Hall said...

Yoga totally counts, and anything you enjoy so much it doesn't feel like an effort is double good!