THE NEW GOLDILOCKS
Today's Vocabulary Words:
Eve-Teasing = groping a woman
Toast Soldiers = British for vertical pieces of toast, often served with soft-boiled eggs and featured on the menu at the Green Hotel
There was an informal going-away party for Janice and Stephen tonight; last week I said goodbye to Matrika and Becca and before that it was Abby. And now I'm going.
I bought a trunk today -- which means I should be coming back at some point. Yet I haven't even begun to pack....
I had a minor backbending breakthrough today, which makes me think that perhaps there *is* some method to the madness here. Or maybe I'm just the new Goldilocks. Because when Guruji does dropbacks with me, he helps me and does all the work whether I want him to or not. Sharath, on the other hand, will wait in front of my mat and tell me to stand up. But Saraswati (Guruji's daughter) has been pursuing the middle path. She will watch me bounce up and down, trying to come up, for awhile. Then she'll tell me to stand up. When I can't quite get all the way up -- I've been floating up 3/4 of the way and then falling back into backbend (albeit gracefully) -- she'll grab my hips and help me the last bit of the way up. A few days ago she said, "Dropping back?" and I said "Yes, that part is easy." So she had me drop back on my own and then helped me stand up and the very end.
Today I felt like crap; I was overtired after dinner at Jammu's friend Shanthala's house last night and my wrist hurt and my ankle hurt. And Sharath busted me in Parsva Danurasana (apparently the toes should point and you should really "stretch the back." Today in backbends Saraswati watched me struggle for a long time, as I bounced up and down. I was in the corner spot by the office, and I felt Sharath in there watching me, too. I must have made at least a dozen to stand; I bet they're as sick of me as I am. I keep making it 3/4 of the way up and then going back down. Yet the past few practices I haven't cared that much whether I stand up or not. I've also been watching the people who do it well. They don't struggle; they just do it.
During today's attempts to stand up I *really* used my legs and naval lock (abdominal muscles) rather than pusing off hard with my arms, which can cause harm to both me (my back) and others.
Finally Saraswati moved to the front of my mat. I tried to come up and got 3/4 of the way there and she helped me on the last quarter. "Thank you," I said. "Maybe it's coming tomorrow or next day." She nodded and motioned for me to drop back, which I did. And then I walked in my hands and floated up to standing -- without her help. And then I did it again: drop back, walk in, float up.
Yes my feet were splayed. But I used my legs and abdominals. And I did it without slapping anyone or stomping on anyone's head or running backwards or knocking down my teacher. And my back felt great.
Now, if I can only repeat the feat sometime this lifetime.