Tapas Report from Gabriel, Santa Cruz, CA
On May 10th 2009 I began the first of 108 days of Extended Pyramid. Three weeks earlier I completed a hundred and eight days of Hanuman which was a very difficult and rewarding austerity. I thought after that I would hold off on doing a tapas for that many days in a row for a while. As the days went by I missed having a specific focus to work on no matter what and I was still feeling that I needed to open the hips more to be able to sit for pranayama and meditation with greater ease. It was during the last day of a TriYogathon in Santa Cruz when we were doing Extended Pyramid for seven minutes that I thought “this should be the posture I work on for the next several months”. Shortly before we came out of the pose I looked up at Kaliji and said to her “today is day one, a hundred and seven to go”. She seemed very happy that I had chosen the next austerity for my asana practice. Earlier in the the year when we spoke after a workshop I told her how excited I was to continue to work on Locust and other such backward bends. She said “yes and work on butterfly as well” reminding me that although I have progress still to make in my spine the foundation of the spine is the hips and I have even more progress to make in this area (as do most people of my gender with running and cycling backgrounds).