Easier news first: on May 18-19, I will be on a campus visit! Whoohoo! I'm one of three finalists for a tenure-track film gig. This RULES.
Of course, it is silly messy to consider moving (even if close to here) with a kid on the way, and said kid might well arrive (it's possible) on May 18-19. Nonetheless, must go. There's no promise I'll get it and I can't refuse to go. I told them I'll need a cell phone with me at all times and they said, "Hey, we're family friendly." That ruled.
And, the Monday night Intermediate show!
Some poses retreated and SOME poses advanced. Very hard to say. But it was fun playing.
Everything up to Kapo was par for the course. Kapo was hands down, just bumping left toes, adjusted to a firm toe grab for five heavily belaboured breaths and then a Kapo B with arms bent, but hey, it was a Kapo B.
Supta Vajrasana was too slippery to maintain toe contact. Uncommon.
Bakasana B was easier than it has been, for no particular reason.
Eka Pada was a bit stiffer than usual, particularly on the right, but presented no trouble (I couldn't Chakorasana the exit, but that's par for the course).
Dwi Pada! Perhaps with cues from Grimmly vids, I pulled almost a full expression. Hooked right over left, kept the shoulders through. Couldn't make prayer hands and balance, but did lift for five and exit. Hurrah.
Less round in Yoganidrasana. Happier.
Tittibhasana sequence remains probably my favorite part of the series. It's really wonderful except that it smokes me for Pincha (as if the Kapo backbending doesn't).
3 attempts before sticking Pincha, and then 6 attempts at Karanda, all failing in making the lotus. So, I took a Sirsasana, made the lotus, lowered it, switched the hands to Pincha position, hefted my head, and then tried and totally failed to even make the lotus twitch upward. It was cool to feel it, though.
Mediocre backbends and not enough of a hangback to feel safe dropping. 3 hangs and then closing.
Onward, as usual!