Saturday, January 30, 2010
Little by little....
"India" is said with a certain reverence here, because many of these yogis have practised there for months at a time. Some with BKS Inyengar, others with Gita.
The invocation at the start of class is sung in Sanscrit. I am resisting committing this to memory, thinking an English chant might be more suitable. But when in an Iyengar studio you quickly learn not to argue with the teacher and to follow instructions. To the best of your ability, mindful you don't injure yourself.
And other times when I surprised myself because I could actually take a pose like utthita-padmasana (pictured on the right) that I wouldn't have otherwise attempted, thinking it was just beyond my ability.
I also learned I do a fabulous crooked-head-headstand. No wonder the pose has been giving me a pain in the neck. Now it is off my home practise rotation, with strict orders not to do it unless at teacher is present. I just can't tell when my head is crooked.
I have this page marked in my copy of 'Light on Life', I just have to keep it in mind: "If you learn a lot of little things, one day you may end up knowing a big thing."