This cannot be true!
In fact, this morning, it was absolutely true.
It is August and our morning Mysore class has a new teacher. This girl was flown in to teach us, since our own teachers are on holiday.
She looks amazing and has great style. She is an authorised teacher (level 2) and she lives in Spain. Her opening chant sounds delicate and powerful at the same time. She uses incense, I smelled it when I walked in the shala. I love incense, although when the space is small, I have the feeling it thickens the air.
She asked my name and told me hers. She asked me where I was in my practice and I told her I practice half Primary Series.
'So until Marichyasana D?' she asked.
'And how is that Mari D going?'
'Not so well,' I answered. 'I have a stiff right hip and I have a small injury on my ankle. My ankle hurts when it is in lotus.'
'I'll come and help you,' she said and took off.
She waited for me to finish the vinyasa after I was done with Mari C. She sat next to me and I placed my left foot in lotus. This was easy. I put my right knee up and she took my arm and twisted me. I could easily grab my hand. I breathed five times and took a vinyasa. Now. I had to do the other side.
'This is my trouble side,' I said.
'Yes,' she said. 'It's your ankle, right? Just be careful and stop when it hurts too much.'
Again she took my arm and twisted my upper body. I was a little anxious but I trusted her. I breathed deeply and there it was: I could grab my hand. I still felt my right ankle but it was okay.
After five breaths I let go and I smiled at her.
'Wow. This actually didn't feel bad.'
She smiled back.
'I am under the impression it had more to do with twisting my upper body.'
'Yes,' she said. 'And you don't have a problem with twisting your body. I can see your right hip is blocked. It will open, little by little.'