Picture of psoas from here).
Sharath is known for telling students "no dancing" when leading UHP, so much so that there is a t-shirt that reads so. And no dancing is no easy feast for me as seen at 0:45". I have my days in which I actually get totally focused and do not dance, but they are rare.
I have actually noticed a relation between how I hold my balance in UH and how I hold my equanimity throughout the day later on, so much so that I have began to pay very close attention to the quality of the pose, and to be real present for it, least it breaks my peace when it counts the most, out of the mat.
I started practicing UH almost 6 years ago when I was building up to practicing the whole primary series and I just remember that I used to do it by a fire place in my old house in New Jersey, and holding on to it. It is amazing to me to see the progress, how the fire place becomes background, a pretty one indeed, after a while, and how practicing UH in the middle of the room is an every day assumption. Oh the wonders of daily practice! I am so ever grateful.
Mysore teachers out there, what can you tell just by looking at a practitioners do U.H.P?
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