Yoga. Fitness. Excercise. At times these are like unknown words of a foreign language.
Today, however, I did roll out my mat and give it a go. I’d recently read somewhere, Elephantjournal I think it was, about ashtanga yoga not being so popular or something. Hard to stick to, maybe even a tad boring. So guess what!! I had to give it a go.
Youtube is such an amazing place. I found an Ashtanga 30 min INTRO class and thought, in my folly, Easy-peasy.
Whilst doing the 5 Tibetan rites I had noticed that my body-proportions might not be the best suited for yoga. Really, sitting with my back straight and pressing shoulders down I am still missing about 5 mm before my palms touch the floor. Come to think of it, I might have noticed this before: when I cross my arms I sort of have to ease my forearms under my boobs. And NO, my boobs aren’t that saggy. I have previously thought it was just because others that didn’t have to do this were just stick-skinny.
According to this chart the elbow is idealy level to your bellybutton. Mine are a good 6 cm above. Hence the boob-lifting situation. The wrist is supposed to be even to the crotch. Nope, not mine. 4-5 cm above, there as well.
Down-dog, archer, cobra; all these I can manage fairly well. Taken into consideration morning stiffness….
So far, so good.
Cobra, down-dog, (yepp, am keeping up) step or hopp to seated, (suktha?)(which means going from down-dog and jumping through your own arms landing seated with stretched legs. Whhhaaaaaaaat?????? Sitting down (dundasana?)
Float back to shwatari? You’re losing me, lady. Float?! Shwatari?! What the hell??
“Desha (?), cross your ankles and pick up anything that will come up”. Ummmm. not a damn thing is lifting, because of, you know, like I said before: too short arms.
I think, maybe to gather up the stragglers, it gets “easy” again, bridge and boat. Aaaaaand it’s time to stretch. Bend one leg up to the groin, other leg stretched out in front of you, breath in, breath out and streeeeetch towards your ankle or shin og whatever – use a towel to grab on to. Fair enough. But SHE is grasping her wrist under the sole of her foot AND doing the yoga-fingers-thing. Now THAT’S just showing off.
For a nice and easy position to end our introduction to Ashtanga yoga; Let’s do a headstand. Pfffffff……
What I am beginning to understand is that I might have misunderstood. Intro to Ashtanga might not be the same as Ashtanga for beginners. This intro has to be aimed at people that already are well yoga’ed, but are new to Ashtanga.
That must be it.