mulling things over

Extensions, please

Yesterday I thought I’d buffalo my way through doing more than I have been in my practice. I momentarily lost my mind and forgot that my joints are completely pushed apart by fluid and that the soft tissues holding them together are not in the right places. So I almost defiantly started off with Trikonasana (triangle). But really, my ankles were just too wobbly and felt like they were going to separate in some weird way.

OK, I thought, I’ll do something that requires less flexing of the ankle, and I swung up (hahahaha) into Ardha Chandrasana (half-moon). Pretty much not a good idea, and I only stayed up a few seconds.

But then I did some more reasonable things, like hanging upside down in Dandasana (staff), which puts no stress anywhere except where the sling is around my thighs and which feels so great on the crunched up neck, and Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (you know, that chair thing I showed a picture of earlier), which is similarly a great extension.

I was in Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (supported bridge) when I realized how silly I’d been. Working on making my joints more flexible, which is what a lot of asanas do, is not what I need. I need to extend extend extend.

Twists are good too.

So that’s my plan for today, along with half an hour or so of pranayama.

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