Ashtanga Mysore Practice
Unlike most Ashtangis who practice everyday except for Saturday and the moon day, I only practice 3-4 days a week and it felt so good to practice on two consecutive days.
I had struggled with pain on my left SI joint area for a while. I saw a Chinese Doctor in Taiwan last Nov/Dec, which helped tremendously. Recently, I start feeling the pain again and it normally happens after the Kurmasana. For that reason, I decided to explore the left HIP MOBILITY today. The way I worked on the hip mobility was to either stabilize the femur bone or pelvis while mobilizing the other. For example, I stabilized my pelvis while seated, then I moved the thigh bone around to find mobility initiating from the hip socket. As shown in Step (1) in the picture below, I use my arms to cradle my left leg and to move it from side to side while keeping the pelvis stabilized. Back to Kurmasana, different to the example above, I stabilized my thigh bones while moving the pelvis to forward fold into the pose. When I did this work, I felt relief from my lower back.
I am still exploring and experimenting Kurmasana as well as Supta Kurmasana. I won't give up until I find know what causes my left lower back pain.
On a separate note, I was able to do the drop back without using the block today. Two weeks ago, I just started working on the drop back with one block (graduated from two blocks). And, I was able to do it without any prop. How excited was that!!!
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