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I felt extremely calm this morning, smooth and steady breathes. The calmness was gone as I got into utthita hasta padangusthasana. My heart rate went up, my breath became shallow and I started sweating. The fast heart beat continued until I started the seated sequence. I have noticed this pattern since I started Ashtanga practice. Instead of changing it, I have been watching the pattern as it comes and goes.
Today was my second time doing Kapotasana (with assistance from my teacher). Compared to the first time (two days ago), my body was definitely more opened up and prepared for the pose. This is the beauty of consistent practice. Sometimes I notice significant progress and sometimes I acknowledge the micro improvement in my practice.
While I thought I could move on the the finishing sequence, my teacher called out my name and asked me to do the next pose, supta vajrasana. uhh...sure!!! So there, I got one new pose again today. Compared to kapotasana, supta vajrasana was not as challenging but it was not easy per se.
The more I practice, the more I LOVE to practice. This is the charm of yoga. An hour 45 minutes to 2 hours practice in the morning, it's solely reserved for ME to find connection with the SELF.