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Day 23 - Rajalaxmi Dog Pose, Dog Pose and more Dog Pose


Long practice in the morning and was interrupted by the doorbell. As I went to answer it, thinking it was Jenny, I got a push from Sushila, tapping me sharply (not unkindly) on the shoulder to tell me it was NOT acceptable to answer the door to a gentleman caller with my shoulders exposed in a vest top. It turned out it was Vasant, who I politely sent away as I was mid practice and not interested in buying anything. At 7.30am UK time I had a snapchat from daughter telling me she was ill and off school for the second day so had a sympathy video call to send some motherly love her way.

Once lunch was over I hot footed it over to Shalgar in the hope of finding a saree for my daughter, but no joy – nothing was quite right - either over the top Disney Princess shiny pink or very plain or heavy wedding sari. Nothing for a 10 year old with highly sophisticated taste (she takes MUCH more care over her appearance than her mother!) I went home empty handed and will try something else tomorrow, maybe I could get something at the weekend down in Goa.

Class this evening was an astonishingly long run of Dog Pose. Dog Pose for starters, Dog Pose for main course (with a side order of Dog) and Dog Pose dessert, with an after dinner mint of sirsasana and sarvangasana. At one point she was showing us the correct method of raising leg into eka pada and she asked if we would like to do it in uttanasana or Adho mukha svanasana and as one, we gratefully replied “Uttanasana!” and she looked mildly affronted and told us to do it in dog pose anyway!! She asked “Don’t you like Dog Pose?!” I’m wondering if in fact she didn’t know that she had just kept us in dog pose for 45 minutes solidly!

After class went over to Rima to try on the choli (fitted belly top for under saree) and it was perfect. Very excited to (accidentally) be getting my first ever saree.

Rajalaxmi – Dog pose, Dog Pose and More Dog Pose

  • Invocation in Swastikasana – Breathe with understanding, inhale in a way that you are able to make space for that inhalation. Lift the sides of the ribcage up and release the abdomen down so there is separation there, clavicles wide and upper arms long,

  • Adho Mukha Swastikasana – Elongate the fibres of your upper arm and forearm muscles. Bring the weight forward onto the knees so that the buttocks lift up off of the floor and use that freedom to completely extend forward. Maintain that extension and stretch the outer hips backward to take the outer buttocks down. Groins descend down, outermost thigh reach back and press down.

  • Adho Mukha Virasana – Now opposite action – stay completely grounded on your sitting bones and from there only, extend forwards. There are currents from your tailbone to the crown of your head and from the crown of your head to your tailbone. Extend the armpits forward, extend the fibres of inner and upper arms.