Surprise Astanga!

Very rare for me to get to Wednesday without taking a rest day, but I felt so dreary today and then I’ve got that bit of a glitchy situation going on in my right side. So I got a late afternoon / early evening one in.


Suryas & Standing Fundamentals w/ standing arches in Surya As, no hanuman, two 5-breath handstands @ the end
Primary+ Skipping 4 poses of primary w/ added LBH
Ardha Matseyendrasana, var through the legs bind – is helping crack open the Pashasana again
Shalabhasana A, B
Bhekasana, 1/2 & full
Dhanurasana A, B
Ustrasana hips to wall, keeping them fwd
Laghu Vajrasana
Hanuman 1min, foot against wall, 20sec upright, 40 back bending
Kapo B
Urdhva D come to standing
Dropbacks 3x
Ticks 3x

Very stiff Astanga

I knew it would be, because I’m totally PMSing. That means more than the length of time since the last practice, generally, and it’d been a week. It’s occurred to me that with my inclination more toward moderate HIIT – when feeling so-so about exercise – that to get two practices in a week, I’d probably have to do 6x a week WOs once in awhile. I resist though. Friday’s field trip of just sitting around various locations downtown was needed. I like an incredibly isolated existence. Thank Gods for the internet.

Anyway… I keep thinking I should 1) repeat the Kapo B and try harder at it and 2) bring in Viparita Dandasana. It’s mostly just an idea, lol. Even this little clunky practice is good though. Keeps the energy channels flowing more freely.

On another note: I just discovered I can past Numbers charts directly into WordPress posts!


Poses Comments
Suryas & Standing Fundamentals w/ standing arches in Surya As, hanuman var. & samakonasana, two 5-breath handstands @ the end
Primary+ Skipping 4 poses of primary w/ added LBH
Ardha Matseyendrasana, var through the legs bind – is helping crack open the Pashasana again
Shalabhasana A, B
Bhekasana, 1/2 & full
Dhanurasana A, B
Ustrasana hips to wall, keeping them fwd
Laghu Vajrasana
Kapo B wanted to do 2x but… the will was weak
Urdhva D come to standing
Dropbacks 3x



Sunday Astanga

I didn’t quite do all the things I’d planned. Tight. Didn’t walk in a 2nd step on the Kapo B & I didn’t do any Vrischikasanas after the ticks. Wanted to finish. It was a complete practice anyways.


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90min Astanga & 22min seated meditation

Last one was six days ago so I was behind schedule. Another low burn! This time 19 points less than yesterday, lol. I guess I’m just low energy right now. I did a jump rope warm-up too.

Took a break from hermetics & meditative practices after Thursday’s all-day Jupiter love affair. I thought I’d do the meditation today. It is much different immediately following yoga practice.



Warmup: (10/30×6=4min) jump rope

  • Suryas and fundamentals – w/ standing arches, 2 backbends
  • Primary +
  • Tiny bit of customised 2nd. The yellow bit is the part that varies, depending how my body feels. I think next time I practice I’ll skip the middle two and do an EPRK instead.

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  • Finishing, to sirsasana. Normally the last 3, meditative / closing postures plus the 5min corpse pose are included in my yoga tally. But today I stopped the timer, and changed my sweaty top for a dry t-shirt so I could do a
  • 22min sit
  • 2min savasana

Astanga Yoga

Gave myself a crick in my neck by sleeping “wrong” last night and/or ignoring what my body wanted & lifting some yesterday. #ugh

Again I tried to interest myself in one of Julia’s recently posted WOs. I’d been wanting to try a Jamie routine that I don’t have to figure out from the breakdown! But not today. Needed a stretch more.


Warmup: (10/30×6=4min) jump rope


  • Suryas & fundamentals, w/ hanuman & two handstands
  • Primary +
  • Ardha matseyen, my version, 2nd thru laghu vajrasana. Lately I’ve been doing ustrasana w/ hips pressed to the wall to start the bend from the hip flexors. Today I did that & added the prayer hands version, no vinyasa, b4 next pose.
  • Shoulders really tight. I should either do Kapo B twice or walk in twice, if possible. Not that I even thought about trying it, but there would’ve been no way I’d have grabbed a heel today. After the laghu I only did one thing to prepare for Kapo B, a minute on the rack.
  • Normal back bending and ticks, except I added one pinca mayurasana after the 3rd tick.
  • Finishing, savasana


Therapeutic, slow Astanga yoga

I was going to go back on my promise to practice today, but in taking a look at a lifting routine breakdown I discovered I felt like doing weights even less. Didn’t do the jump rope either. Nor did I put on any music. It got me back out of bed anyway. I’d been journaling…

I was feeling all sorry for myself about things winding down with SF client, but low & behold a yogic illustration project is reawakening. I’ll have a deadline in the next couple weeks, and it’s better than corporate keynote presentations (even if I was having a good time working on that deck before I lost the rest of it due to being unavailable for two days).


Anyway, I did some yoga. I’m back to not putting my feet on my head, for the time being, and some timed poses before back bending. All I wanted for today was some relaxation, and I achieved that.


Cursory, somewhat stiff Astanga

My upper body was so sore! It’s better to be sore in the lower body if you’re doing to do a real yoga. Didn’t do any foot on the head or Kapo B either. Technically I could’ve done a rest today. This was in the back of my mind.

I went ahead since I’ve been missing more WO’s than usual (not to mention billing hours) with cat shows and colds lately. And I wanted to get the blood moving… If I practice again next week it’ll probably be better. (I did all my other poses including the drop backs and ticks and that will likely restore balance.)

Instead of my last couple backbends of late I did a timed hanuman with the strap. I’d have added a minute on the rack, but it’s in the other room & I was in cursory mode. I mean I finished in 90min including the savasana and I’d done a jump rope warm-up too!





Surprisingly good Astanga

Especially considering:

  1. I hadn’t done a full practice since the 3rd, ten days ago.
  2. I sat on my ass at the cat show all weekend and
  3. I did a pretty kick ass upper body WO yesterday
  4. I didn’t even bother with the jump rope warm-up

Took my time. To my great surprise everything felt really good, a bit tight on the backbends, but with a hanuman / samakonasana in the fundamentals, I was able to get into a very quick and tight EPRK. Went immediately into a wrist bind on supta kurmasana. Got my wrist on the 2nd side in pashasana. I forgot to try lifting the foot I’m twisting away from on the first side… My two approaches are completely different in the two sides of pashasana, more than anywhere else in my practice.

Going out for a Valentine’s Day dinner tonight. We celebrate it early because I moved in on the 13th of February, 2016, moving from the 13th floor of a building numbered 1300). Time to shower & get in some art.



Early evening Astanguesque

The cat show messed with two straight weeks of workouts, with the resulting cold. Today was the first day I started to feel better though. I’d finally gotten my dose of spicy Pho soup last night (that shit is miraculous) & I’d taken another rest day Friday. We went downtown for groceries (we buy chicken backs there for the pets) and the soup and that was all I had the energy for yesterday.

And today wasn’t much of a workout. Didn’t jump rope before hand. But I did the full thing chop-chop. I got a wrist bind on the 2nd side in pashasana. I also got wrist bind in supta kurmasana. Interesting. I’ve also stopped w/ the timed poses before the Kapo B, at least for the time being. Did another EPRK before instead, like last time. I got a minor reaction… Not too bad. Definitely not ready to go for the full pose though (hands on heels, elbows to floor).


Astangesque Yoga • OMG I had a great practice!

To the point where I dropped the timed intervals before back bending and just put each foot on my head, like the good old days. Only EPRK but it felt good. I have a feeling I’d have been able to grab at least one heel if I’d decided to go for a full Kapotasana, but I didn’t push it. I have things I need to get to today (corporate presentation design in Keynote to be specific.)

My body felt fantastic. (The left hip tweak is only slightly there now.) Maybe it was yesterday’s rest day. I accomplished a lot, art wise. Even though the more I learn the more I realise I’ve got to learn, I keep going.

Warmup: (10/30×6=4min) jump rope I couldn’t help it!

  • Suryas & fundamentals, w/ my extras
  • My version of primary+, 2nd to laghu vajrasana
  • EPRK, Kapo B
  • Back bending, Urdhva D to stand, 3 drop backs, 3 ticks
  • Finishing, 5min savasana