mulling things over

Flow and timing

I wanted to do some standing poses today (surprise!), and so I decided to do them in a little flow sequence, holding each for 30-60 seconds and then moving to the next without coming out of the pose.   Some of my transitions were a little clunky, notably from Parsvakonasana to Ardha Chandrasana.  Miriam Austin’s book Cool Yoga Tricks shows how to do it, so I need to get that book out for tomorrow’s practice.

I used to time my practice with a timer on my Palm Treo (which is also my phone), set to chime softly every 30 seconds, but I now find it smoother to count my breaths.  Then I’m paying attention to my breath more too.  Fifteen breaths is generally about a minute for me.

I do use the timer for Savasana (corpse), because otherwise I keep opening one eye to see how much time has elapsed.  Counterproductive for relaxation, isn’t it?

Utthita Parsvakonasana
Utthita Parsvakonasana
Ardha Chandrasana
Ardha Chandrasana

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