‘Cuz my ass is way SORE! Dude! Does this get better? I am three days deep into Week 4 of the Ashtanga Experiment and man, I am sooooore. Like bodybuilding sore…triceps, chest, shoulders, abs, thighs, hamstrings, ass. Even my toes and my hands for chrissakes! I am noticing some improvements in my flexibility in a few areas, and the Darth Vader breath and bandhas are getting a lot better. The soreness is pretty crazy, though. Maybe there are some more experienced ashtangis out there who can give me some tips?
One thing I’ve been doing at the end of every practice is 15-20 minutes of metta meditation while I am in savasana….covered with a purple slanket! All I need are some white Nikes so that some of my fellow cult members can come abduct me.
My mom got me the Slanket as a strange Christmas gift. At first, I scorned it and let my dog sleep on it and now I have succumbed to its evil fleecy and (probably sweatshop manufactured) charms. I know, metta meditation in a slanket is probably not what Pattabhi Jois envisioned for his students at the end of practice. Clearly I am a rule breaker in general/have no idea WTF I am doing…like the Pantera Vulgar Display of Power (Yoga) soundtrack for yesterday’s practice isn’t a big raging clue or anything.