general blather, self-talk

Sciatica again, dang

I don’t know why the sciatica is back in full force.  I’m working on the sciatica sequence in Yoga:  The Path to Holistic Health, by B.K.S. Iyengar.  I am modifying it as I can with the poses in Light on Yoga.  I’m not going to list all of these, but boy oh boy there are some very challenging poses in that list!  

I’m also lying on either a small inflatable ball or on a Sacro-Wedgy right before Savasana (corpse).  My plan is to be in better shape before I go to Maine in two weeks.

When I started this post I referred to “my sciatica.”  On rereading it, I changed it to “the sciatica”.  I’m not interested in taking ownership of this discomfort.  I’ll just let it roll on through me and away.

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

Fifteen minute practice

I seem to have a pattern going of going to class on Wednesday, and then practicing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.  Very strange.  I’m trying for every day, all the time, but I get up to walk for 45 minutes every weekday, and I’ve started a 9:00 am water exercise class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so it’s hard to work it in.

I need to insert some shorter practices so that I actually do practice every day.  I talked to a friend recently about what to do in a short practice.  Here’s one idea:

  • Tadasana (mountain pose)
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog)
  • Uttanasana (standing forward bend)
  • Trikonasana (triangle)
  • Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend)
  • Savasana (corpse)

I sometimes use a timer in my practice, but more often I count breaths.  You could try ten breaths each for these poses, but do at least five minutes in Savasana.

Only have five minutes?  Do one minute of Tadasana and 4 minutes of Savasana.  Perfect.

poses, sequences

Boring, not boring

I’ve been doing the same basic sequence for a couple of weeks now.  It’s the one I wrote about before, a combination of the Iyengar sciatica sequence with Sam Dworkis’s Recovery Yoga added in.  It’s good, and I’m happy to be doing it, and I’m not bored.  It just seems boring to write about it again.

I do wonder about the Bikram yoga, where it’s the same sequence forever, no matter how you feel or what you did last time.

A couple of mornings this week I only had time for a teeny bit before my walk, so I did standing poses.  Not boring!  I am always amazed that these poses that I learned in my first intro class can continue to be interesting and challenging.