Adventures in Mysore India,  Alignment and Injuries,  Reblogs


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Saraswathi and Sharath run on different schedules, she teaches from Monday to Saturday and Saturday is led class, which is particularly hardcore. This morning she kept us in sirsasana and utpluthih for what felt like an eternity. 
Last week, I took ladies’ holiday and then it was Moon Day, so I practiced a mere four days and my body was fully functional. 
This week, my joints sounds like a bowl of rice crispies, they keep popping and crackling. 
Back home, I practice consistently and suffer from the usual sporadic aches and pains. Shoulders, neck, lower back, wrists occasionally. Nothing major. 
But here, my knees are bobbing every which way, weird jolts of pain keep traveling up and down my entire frame and whenever I sit, i find it increasingly hard to get up. Grandma style. Granted, here in India, sitting happens on the floor for the most part.

Shanna Small has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga and studying the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Mysore with Sharath Jois and is the Director of AYS Charlotte, a school for traditional Ashtanga in Charlotte NC. She has written for Yoga International and the Ashtanga Dispatch. Go here for more information on AYS Charlotte. For information on workshops, please e-mail