At last, my left knee is much improved. I’d say it’s back to about 75% percent of its former flexibility. I have a lotus that while not perfect or particularly tight, will do. Will do excellently in fact. Janu sirsasana feels better every time I do it now. I’m beginning to just hang out in 1/2 lotus and let the inner knee gently open for longer periods. Mostly, I think it was just time and continued practice that helped.
Of course that was July, when I hurt my knee, nearly 8 months ago. So it has been a long road.
One more practice note- my current 2nd series practice is to stop at Scorpion pose. I fear it’s really an excuse not to take Mayurasana, but then I can’t really do dwi pada or yoga nidrasana, so I substitute supta kurmasana for now. So in that karandavasana thing, it doesn’t work so much without a lotus. Without a hands free lotus, to be more specific. Today I took the posture in headstand position (rather than pincha position), got a loose hands free lotus, and wonder of wonders began to lower that thing on down. Forgive me if you’re not an ashtangi and this makes no sense. Suffice it to say that there was that glorious moment of “I’m flying!” just before my lotus went thump on the floor. Smiles.
Reading Gregor Maehle’s Intermediate book. It’s fascinating. He’s a bit out there, in a lot of ways, but the anatomical information is thorough and I’m looking forward to savoring the mythological information as well. Some of the more esoteric topics he writes about seem a bit, well, unsupported by hard evidence. But I can leave it at that for now and wait and see. I always say that I’ve never seen a ghost, not that ghosts absolutely don’t exist.