Is it wrong to listen to the Cricket while practicing Vinyasa Krama? I'm not talking about Radio 5 live obviously, but Radio four's test match special, that would be OK, wouldn't it?
The Ashes are on. Do I have to explain the ashes? England lost to Australia at the Oval in 1882 ( forget 1066 this is the only date that matters in British history) somebody burnt the bails and put the ashes in a little terracotta urn, symbolising the death of British cricket.
Every two years these two mighty nations do join battle, over five matches, to gain/regain possession of the Urn (actually the urn never leaves Lords ). Currently, WE have the ashes having beaten Australia in 2009 and are now in over in Australia for the 2011 ashes tour.
Given that the matches are played in Australia I wake up for practice, in the UK, around the time of the final session of the day at the Gabba. This morning I woke to find our noble batsman had declared at 517 for 1 on the final day and had put the Australians in for the last couple of hours. I was sorely tempted to have the radio playing in the background while I practiced but it was pretty much certain to be a draw so I resisted, this time. But what happens as the series hots up, as it was I sneaked a look at the score on my itouch before going into my long paschimottasana.
It's a well known fact of course that Yoga, like baseball, derives from Cricket. Why else would the yogi cultivate one pointedness if not in preparation for facing spin or bodyline.
This morning was Vinyasa Krama. I think I might settle into a straight forward core VK practice on Monday's, long stays in the key asanas (paschimottanasana, maha mudra, inversions) and a shorter practice to give me time for a full session of pranayama. Nice too after the madness of Sunday's third series. Really felt it this morning, arms shoulders, legs, sure I was walking bow legged when I go out of bed from all those LBH postures. Can you practice third only once a week, I wonder.
After the two preceding six day Ashtanga weeks, last weeks morning practice turned out like this
Monday - Primary
Tuesday - Intermediate
Wednesday - Vinyasa Krama (asymm/seated focus)
Thursday - Vinyasa krama ( Bow focus)
Friday - primary
Saturday - Vinyasa Krama (core asanas)
Sunday - Advanced A
Evening practice was a bit hit and miss, think I managed to get on the mat only about four times and sometimes just for a handful of Surys before Pranayama and meditation. I should start putting that in the diary too and getting it settled again now morning practice is stable.