A full primary feels so good after taking it easy for 2 days. My tongue accident was an excuse to take 2 Swenson specials at home because I practiced saying hello at the mirror and you could see my tongue, so that was that. So I am going to go ahead and say it: I am joining the opinion of others who find that a 50 plus change year old body is way more happy and willing when there is an extra break in the 6 day week practice. Some of you will say, but ah, you sacrifice the opportunity to progress/advance/improve. Which is where I have the chance to ask my first question: I read Tim Miller’s post last Tuesday and I also read John Scott’s interview which was shared on several FB walls and the both talk about backing off because of their ages. So, am I being over optimistic when I think I am in the will I get new poses lane? I mentioned somewhere else that March is my Ashtanga Anniversary. I started practice at 50 and this will be year six. I just want to hang on to and maybe polish some parts of primary. Does that mean goofing off? Question number 2: I got another chance to see David Robson’s video about “Hamsters” and I completely understand his point, but what if you have a hamster in your belly already instead of on top of your thighs (if you are curious enough you will look up the clip)?? Yes this is a menopausal question. I don’t care if right now you have steel abs, you will get a tummy when you get old and it is not the end of the world so this is a fair question. If both bandhas are engaged but there is extra body mass between your thighs and your bandhas is there a risk for vertebrae/disk damage?