no, not for new poses...all i could think of on the way to the shala this morning was how much i wanted to eat something..my stomach refused to get on board with the ashtanga program this morning. that is, until i stepped on the mat, very tired, but then things went, as well as they could for someone who was hungry and tired. at least all thoughts of food went away. my big highlight was managing all 10 suryas without a break. might have been 11, i have a pesky habit of being unable to count -breaths, suryas, whatever...but after the suryas, i felt like i was taking more breaks than usual...oh well. the other funny part is that i am coming to love some of the poses that i didn't like in other types of classes..the praseritas (which i would normally just try to avoid doing in a led vinyasa class), utkatasana and warrior 1. maybe one day i will say the same for the other poses that give me so much difficulty.
somehow, magically, when i start practicing, i forget how hungry and tired i am. not that i practice better for being hungry and/or tired, just it ceases to be an issue. sure enough, once i lay down for savasana...the hungry feeling came back today.
i have been reading a lot about why other people practice yoga, well, ashtanga method, mostly..i guess for me it is that it makes me feel just a little bit kinder after i practice.
side note..in a book on aruyveda that i am reading, the author mentions using deep breathing to lessen feelings of hunger. that getting more prana from the air you breathe will naturally make you less hungry for food. interesting.