Which of course means it's Intro to Intermediate show. I'll be able to do this class next week, and then I'm off (teaching an art history class at night) until the end of June.
Hip flexors are beginning to play; more often and in more places. Bigger Shalabhasana. Easier, larger arch in Dhanurasanas and Bhekasana. I feel the hip flexors begin to pull open as I "surf up" into Urdhva Mukha Svanasana.
It IS all in the camel thunderbolt.
Ustrasana, with some extra breaths in it, can become a mighty hangback! Kapotasana, again, was hands to almost but not quite feet, solo, and then adjusted to a toe grab. This is becoming ordinary, which I'm very excited about, because you know how long and hard I've fought with that pose. Ordinariness has not been one of the qualities I've been able to summon with that one. So that rules.
Eka Pada was some tighter, but I'm abandoning all prep: jump in, take it back, sit for five (to work the stretch). Fold for five. Press up, leg horizontal, for five (again, to develop the stretch).
Dwi Pada remains evasive. This is fine.
The Tittibhasana sequence has been absolute fire of late, a thing of beauty. But as it and the backbends have developed, it's become much harder to just kick up and hold the balance in Pincha Mayurasana. I forward rolled out of it tonight, which I think I've done probably four times in the past TWO YEARS. That's damn uncommon!
So be it; things change and develop and fade and are wonderful.
Teacher had me and the other guy try to heft a seated lotus up ONTO our arms, sort of Karanda push-ups, rather than Karanda lower-downs. Now we all know that's crazy, because when you LAND Karanda, you land it HIGH on the arms, not LOW, or else you're sitting on your butt. We tried it anyway, and I was able to heft it off the floor, up onto both elbows, but not far, and not to my chest. The quads BURN as the knees push toward each other--this was amusing. Hey Intermediate, are you ALL about the quads or what? Funny stuff.
Five wheels, three dropbacks. Hanging back is starting to really happen right at the hips, and the hip flexors are giving me this broad, front-body-wide yellow light cracking sensation, which is positively magnificent.
My March dropbacks were largely sensory in the low back, the scrunching. Now it's front body, a cracking open, a big brilliant sort of earthquake there. It is coming.
I must declare, as Susan elsewhere pointed out, agreement with "the system" on this one. Dropbacks, then Kapo. Makes it easier. Teaches what's needed.