So what do I practice?
When I’m in Mysore with Sharath, I go to Kapotasana. However, when I’m not in Mysore, I drift a bit away from tradition (not in the count nor the pace but rather in the scheduling). A typical week currently looks like :
- Primary on Friday
- Rest on Saturday
- Sunday full primary and Intermediate up to Kapo
- Monday full primary and Intermediate up to Kapo
- Tuesday full primary and Intermediate up to Kapo
- Now here is where I diverge. I’m at the point where I get bored and tired of the repetition. Some mornings before I start, just thinking of the monotony of the seated poses from Janu A to Mari D is almost enough to keep me on my laptop and off my mat. So on these 2 days Wednesday and Thursday, I usually do split primary at Parsvottanasana and then practice up to Karandavasana. This if nothing else provides me with some variety and a change of pace and time to work on Eka Pada, Dwi Pada and of course the ever so endearing Karandavasana (if I’m lucky, I’ll lotus)
- Friday full primary and Intermediate up to Kapo
Who really cares?
Well, I guess I do. A bit. I’m always self conscious about being out of “Mysore shape” or getting slower in my practice. So I go to great pains to keep the pace of my practice in tempo with Sharath. But the reality is, I”m not in Mysore, and I could use some time to develop, adapt to a much cooler room (temperature wise) and keep my motivation.
So what is untraditional is that I work on just Intermediate on those 2 days a bit before I should. In the traditional sense, I should keep my full primary and my intermediate poses from Sunday to Thursday. But I’m at Kapo in Intermediate and that is just a little shy of the traditional place to split (Eka Pada Sirsasana which is 6 poses away). But it does give me extra motivation and it also not only deepens my understanding of primary but also intermediate feels so different from those days that I do all of primary or just the first few standing poses up to Parshvottasana.
I like watching my primary change as I grow in intermediate, but if truth be told, I love the general feel of primary both during and after. When I just do intermediate, I don’t feel as satisfied. Sure my front is super open, but I miss the fun of the jumpbacks, the more complete vinyasas (i.e. more updogs), and the general feel of it. Sure I’d be happy never to see Setu Bandasana again, but the linking of the postures of primary is more like a massage and complete package. Intermediate just doesn’t hold the excitement for me nor do I hold on to that feeling throughout the day.
On days that I split primary and do more intermediate, I sometimes forget later on in the day if I’ve practiced or not. It is harder sure (both mentally and physically), but just not as mentally engaging if that makes any sense.