Second Day with the Audio Course
Today was the second lesson of the Ashtanga yoga for beginners audio program by Live Yoga Life, in this lesson I practiced the Sun Salutation A at full pace without stopping every pose for explanations and learned how to do the Sun Salutation B pose after pose.
I looked at the photos before starting the exercise in hope of memorizing them so I won’t have to check during the pose, but that didn’t really help. This is Ashtanga yoga for beginners, so I think it is totally fine if I need to check every now and again to see if my position is right and if I understand what I am supposed to do. I hope that by the time I get to lesson 7 I won’t need to use the photos at all and will be able to do the full exercise at full pace.
Sun Salutation B
In this lesson, I learned how to do the Sun Salutation B, which was a bit more difficult than A. In yesterday’s lesson I learned how to do the Sun Salutation A correctly so I managed to do it today with more ease and I didn’t need to look at the pictures during this section.
Only when I moved on to learn how to do the Sun Salutation B had I looked at the photos to check out if I am doing the poses right, if my feet were aligned the way they are supposed to and if I wasn’t going over my limits with the poses. I find that because this is an Ashtanga yoga for beginners, it’s very useful that Yuki Nakazawa gives small, but important, tips on how to change my posture if I feel pain and how to get to the right position without stretching too much.
The explanations for the Sun Salutation B were very slow in today’s audio and each pose was very intense, I guess is was the same yesterday when I learned the Sun Salutation A but I didn’t notice it because it was all new. Today I started off with the Sun Salutation A in full pace so when Yuki started to explain slowly how to reach each pose I was a bit anxious to ‘get to the point’ and just do the whole practice in one take.
During the exercise I was waiting for the Shavasana so I could relax my muscles and close my eyes, I love the feeling of calming my body after the yoga practice.
I Need to be More Patient
I keep wanting to get the postures perfect, do the whole routine at full pace, but I forget that first I need to learn how to do each pose correctly before running off and trying to master the Sun Salutations all at once. I hope that with each lesson I do I’ll gain more confidence and more experience in the different poses, so at the end of these seven days, I will feel like I am able to do the full exercise alone in my one pace.
I really hope that tomorrow, in lesson number 3, I will be able to do the Sun Salutations A and B at full pace so I’ll feel that I am making some progress! 🙂
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