Hmm... I said in an earlier post today that I was having a really full day today (and I did: Taught two classes back to back. And they went really well, at that :-)), and yet here I am, writing my third post of the day! How is this possible? Do I, like, have a life?
This post is inspired by something that happened in practice this morning. As I mentioned in my earlier post today (see this post), I had to use a Gaiam sticky mat for practice this morning, as I had to put my mysore rug in the dryer. And I found my balance considerably compromised during the standing postures; I almost tripped in Trikonasana, because my left heel got caught by the stickiness of the sticky mat as I was turning it to go into Trikonasana on the first side. Tripping in Trikonasana... how embarrassing! (Like anybody's watching, right? Headline news in tomorrow's NYT: World-famous Ashtangi Nobel suffers embarrassing trip in Trikonasana. Loses 10 Ashtanga Power Points.)
But seriously, this incident reinforces my long-held belief that when it comes to Ashtanga practice, nothing is as reliable as a mysore rug. (Of course, it is also entirely possible that my balance this morning was exceptionally bad. But I refuse to believe this...) A mysore rug gives you just the right amount of grip, so you don't slip; but it doesn't have so much friction as to make the mere act of shifting your heel a near-acrobatic endeavor. Moreover, I like the feel of cotton on my feet.
But I am aware that not everybody shares my opinion on this. Many Ashtangis seem happy with their Manduka mats (some even swear by it), and others seem content with a generic sticky mat. I don't mean to be rude, but how do you people do it? Or do I really need to work on my balance?