After almost eight months of practicing Ashtanga with Kunal at Chi Fitness, I was finally given the first pose of the 2nd series, Pashasana today. I also did dropbacks with his assistance which I have not done since my former teacher, Azmi Samdjaga left in March 2012.
I have been doing some poses of the 2nd series with Azmi but when I started practicing with Kunal, I had to stop at Navasana as I could only bind in Marichyasana D with Kunal’s help. I was able to progress further to Bhuja Pidasana when I managed to bind in MD on my own but I was stuck at Supta Kurmasana for some time as I was having problem clasping my fingers behind my back even with Kunal's assistance.
Early this year, I was given Garbha Pindasana which I am still having difficulty doing on my own especially rolling backwards and upwards but Kunal had let me continued to do full primary in the class.
It was a surprise when my Ashtanga buddy, Kathryn, who is having the same problems in the poses, and I were given Pashasana today. I am glad to say that I managed to bind in the pose although I needed Kunal’s assistance especially when doing the left side.
From the Ashtanga class which I only get to practice once a week on Sunday, besides being able to see my progress in my practice, I also learned to be patient as I wait for the next pose to be given to me. The class also helps to settle and clear my mind to face the week ahead, as I know I will be able to deal with whatever that comes my way with patience and understanding.