Ashtanga on busy days, away from home

Practicing Ashtanga daily while I’m not at home is challenging for me. Last week I did Half Primary, sometimes a short version of David Swenson for 15 or 30 minutes, at least a thorough Surya Namaskar A+B on very busy days and today I followed this led class with Sharath, recently posted by Sonima:

 

Every time I notice that Half Primary (or Full) gives the best energy throughout the day, but when that’s not possible, I guess it’s best to do some version of the Ashtanga sequence.

Practicing Ashtanga

In the last 10 days I did Full Primary 4 times, which for me is a record ๐Ÿ™‚ The other days started with half primary or just half an hour of the practice. It is far less than what I did when I started out, although there has been a lot of progress since then and more asanas are possible now. Along the way I learned that it is not about achieving or performing, learned to listen to my body but at the same time work hard, that is being more conscious of the alignment, bandhas, focus and being relaxed at the same time.

Watching lots of vids on Ashtanga have been very helpful to understand a little bit more of the practice. The other day I stumbled upon an interview that I found very interesting. Maybe it is mainly for the ashtanga practitioners here, but nevertheless:

Back to Half Primary

Since January 2013, at the age of 58,5 I started with Ashtanga yoga. The first few months learning about the Primary Series as much as I could, practicing every day depending on my energy levels and building it up to Half Primary forย 4 to 6 times a week. There are great instruction dvd’s and youtube videos that enable you to learn the series without risk for injuries – if you inform yourself well. This practice now became part of my healing path (from ulcerative colitis) and I believe it helps tremendously. After a bad relapse early last month (due to adding certain foods too soon) I’m back to Half Primary today. It was a nice coincidence, that I found this post on twitter yesterday, so I followed this class this morning:

There aren’t many vids with just the Half Primary series; enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚