Sunday, April 8, 2012

In Order to Move Forward, Go Backward

I'm stuck at karandavasana.  This should come as no surprise since I spent almost two years trying to figure out its more accessible cousin, pinchamayurasana, and still am not even entirely consistent on that one.

My teacher helps me in karandavasana every day.  It can't be easy for him to support my 150 pound frame, but he does and I am grateful. I can't put my legs into lotus from pincha on my own. Also, I'm having a difficult time figuring out how to curl my pelvis in without tipping out to far beyond my elbows. Once I am curled in, I'm having a hard time finding the roundness required.

So I'm working on two key elements earlier in the practice in order to reduce/eliminate research poses at karandavasana.  One of the things that seems to need work is opening in the groin in order to be able to get the legs in lotus and maintain balance.  I was going from parsvotanasana to second.  Now, I brought back the rest of standing through warrior two. The focus is on getting the femur parallel. 

The other element that seems to need work is tight pecs and weak trapesius and lats.  I'm working on this by cleaning up my chaturanga.  After all these years, I still have a tendency to round the shoulders in as I lower to my mat.  In part, this is because I don't really have access to the upper back.  I tell it what to do and nothing happens. This is changing a lot since bringing handstands back, taking calves in urdvadanurasana and getting pincha. 

I'm definitely feeling the difference from all the extra work in these fundamental poses. 

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