Friday, January 27, 2012

Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana

beautiful late afternoon light on the building across the street.

today marks 2 weeks of practice. 

one more new pose...this will go on for a couple weeks more..til janu C or mari B... i am in awe of my shalamates..that they can do this practice without all the little breaks i need to take...

now that i have a few poses in the seated portion of the series, i am not as tired when i finish. the standing pose section is exhausting for me. i think it will take years for real ease to come in this.  it was a quiet today at the shala, maybe 5 people when i started. that dreadful balancing on one leg pose is improving. having a relaxed neck = better balance. i did a feldenkrais lesson on the neck..and it really helped my balance, and the energetic feeling in down dog (though there is LOTS of room for improvement). i have done this one 2x this week. who knew. 

i am also learning a lot of new things about my neighborhood, from the new yoga commute. coming back from the shala, i take a different train and get to walk along a street with lots of  shops, bodegas, and people that sell vegetables on the street. not the same as the vendors downtown, these seem like they are local people. the shops however, are like a dual economy. there are the super cheap 99 cent type establishments, and then the boutiques that think everyone in the neighborhood is a drug dealer with tons of cash. 

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