I can’t believe it; the week has passed so quickly! I have already finished my first week of the course. It’s been a great week.
The start of the course was a bit rough as the hip was quite painful for a few days as we tested what I can and can’t do. Then towards the end of the week it started to come right and now I can do a lot more with it than before. What a relief! I was really worried I would get over here and not be able to do much at all. Phew. It is still a bit iffy and it’s very clicky but it doesn’t hurt half as much as it used to, hopefully as I get my strength back it will continue to get better.
The best news is the preparation I did before the trip was well and truly worth it, except for the hip injury and my flat feet growing some arches – my body isn’t hurting much at all. This is a huge contrast to last year when I felt like I had been hit by a truck (check out blog entries 3rd Dec 2008 until 15th Jan 2009 for the gory details). My flexibility is coming back fairly quickly too. This week I was able to get my chest on my thighs for a forward bend, get my chin on the floor in something-aratha-asana (this is a first for me) and I even managed to do a drop back on my knees. It really has been a great first week.
The Pranyama this year is just as challenging as it was last year… I think I have a bit of a mental block I need to break through. I am able to sit for 40mins without pain which is much better than last year but I still find it so hard to concentrate and control my mind. I also struggle to breathe which doesn’t help – who would have thought breathing would be so difficult! All in good time, hopefully next week goes better.
Other than yoga class I haven’t really been doing much… reading, eating, sleeping, washing, shopping for various bits and bobs… etc. Next week is a lot shorter because we get 3 days off in a row (moon-day + holiday + Saturday) so I plan to go and do some touristy things in Mysore. That will be fun… I am thinking the market, the palace, the zoo and the swimming pool at the hotel.