Again the teacher gave us a reminder this week during Mysore Class. That we have to attend the Led Class at least a couple of times a month. That it is an import part of the method. I knew I would go this week, since I have the time and the energy and I don't have a party at Saturday night.
Before the teacher started the Sunday morning Led Class, he took a few minutes to explain why it is so important to come to the Led Class once in a while (of course he wants us to be there every Sunday, as he would like to see us every day of the week for Mysore Class, but unfortunately where are not actually in Mysore and he knows he just cannot force us to come every time).
It is about Steadiness. When you practice the way they practice in Mysore (only Saturday is a day of rest, you practice Mysore style from Monday to Friday and on Sunday you attend the Led Class), you are creating steadiness in your body, in your breathing, in your spirit and in your mind. It benefits your body, your nervous system, the heat in your body, the boiling of the blood (I shivered when he said this) and eventually your mind. And when your mind is steady, you can imagine how this is the best you can get in your (daily) life.
We laughed when he explained how the Sunday Led Class is a perfect moment to discover where you are in your practice. You are confronted with which poses you rather skip, where you are with your breath, where you can keep up with the counting and where not.
'During Mysore Class, I cannot keep an eye on you the whole time, because I am busy adjusting. You can easily skip a few poses, or take extra breaths when you need or want to, you can rest during poses and you can look around as much as you like to. But in Led Class, you have to keep up. You have to follow my counting, you have to take the breaths as I say and you follow the drishtis. I can keep a much better eye on you. I will see where you are in your practice and you will feel it yourself.'
I cannot jump through, so there I need extra breaths and time. Marichyasana D is the last pose I can do as it should. During the week I practice Bhujapidasana, but today in Led Class I stopped, The teacher approached me and said: 'Bhujapidasana. Just try it. It is like this.' And in a matter of a second, he showed me this perfect asana, with his chin on the ground and his feet up. I did my version. I know it didn't look pretty and far from perfect.