Nobel invented this word in his blogpost here. I had an epiphaneous moment myself yesterday during Sun Salutations. Despite not feeling at all well this week, I was so tired of not getting up to practice, that I decided to get up and practice. My intention was a 75 minute 2nd series practice. I have this little problem with ambition, you see. Luckily, the sun salutations were edifying, despite breaks for coughing, and I had this moment in which it was clear that everything you need to know about yoga is right there in the sun salutations. Peg Mulqueen wrote about this:
Everything you need to learn, begins in Sun Salutations. Is it your breath you’re looking for? … Trying to find a handstand? A bhanda? How about a backbend or a forward bend? Anything you are working on in the series begins at the beginning. Oh yeah. And chaturanga is a pose.
Suffice it to say that after many years of sun salutations, I am always learning new things. The movements have become more economical, to be sure. Since the David Garrigues workshop a major effort is to clarify the long line from heels to crown in chaturanga, butt down and shoulders up.
It turns out that I have bronchitis, with a touch of pneumonia. So it’s probably a good thing that my son woke up early and came down to hang out with Mom just as I was transitioning from padangusthasana to pada hastasana (the first 2 standing poses of Ashtanga, immediately following the sun salutations). Not the practice I had envisioned, but in the end, the perfect practice for me yesterday.