Apr. 23rd, 2010

phantoms_siren: (Yoga)
This week I've mostly been following Jason Crandell's "Relaxation Sequence" video from www.yogajournal.com as it's mostly made up of seated twists and forward bends. Since my left hip has been partially out of joint all week I didn't think it was really safe to risk any standing poses. I've fallen on my face before during yoga, it's an experience I'd rather avoid.

In this weeks practice I've learned/achieved:-

I actually managed to reach the edge of my foot in Parshva Upavistha Konasana (Side Seated Angle) which is a very big thing for me. My hips, thighs and back are very tight and don't bend well, plus I'm sure my arms are too stubby, anyway being able to get even close to my feet in any seated bend is an acheivement. Actually touching my foot, huge event.

Gomukhasana (Cow Faced Pose) is a wierd one for me, despite my left hip being the troublesome one I always find that its the right one that objects to this pose the most. Despite my arms being pretty week (I still struggle with Down Dog most days) I find that there is absolutely no challenge in the arm portion of the pose, I can easily grip my wrists behind my back in this pose. Similarly I find nothing challenging in following my hands into prayer position behind my back either.

I've found that I adore the prep version of Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One-Legged Pigeon Pose) though again I can get into the pose perfectly with my left leg behind, but with it in front my right hip protests too much to get all the way to the floor. So for now I'm working with a bolster on both sides of the pose, rather than stretching one side a lot further than the other, I suspect that'd just make the problem worse. I wish I could stay in this pose for an hour at a time, it's wonderfully relaxing.

Ardha Matsyendrasana 1 is also incredibly relaxing, and is one of the few seated poses that I can get into prefectly in both directions. I have to admit I often just watch TV or read in this pose, probably not a good idea but my hips seem to like it.

I hate Supta Padangusthasana (Reclining Big Toe Pose) as I can't reach either of my feet, and even getting them with a strap is a painful struggle. I'm also not a fan of Balasana (Child's Pose) as my legs are too fat to get into the position comfortably and bruised knees don't appreciate the pressure. Clearly I'm some kind of freak cos everyone else seems to love it.

Thankfully my hip went back into its socket at about 2am last night (mmm being woken by screaming pain, such fun!) so I'm going to attempt a different sequence tonight, probably the backbend sequence from the same series.

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