Saturday, July 28, 2012

Inspired by...Batman?

Pincha Mayurasana has been a very tough pose for me.  Kate O gave it to me in Boston, so at least 2.5 years ago, and maybe longer.  She told me that I had to start trying without the wall.  I moved to Kentucky and had no teacher and ignored her.  This went on for a year until I started practicing with Greg in Philly.  He started working the pose with me.  We did finally get to the point where I could practice the pose without the wall.  But it took a long time.

At SYS we practice in rows. The room is cozy.  So we're packed in pretty tight.  I discovered that if I got in early enough, I could get in the front row and always have the wall in front of me.  G was on to me, but didn't make me move. 

This allowed me to practice pincha with the comfort of the wall, but without actually using the wall.  Tricky!  But then something started to happen.  On Sundays and early mornings when I practiced by myself, I still wanted to be right next to that wall.  I had developed an attachment to the wall.  I knew that I needed to take a leap and break the habit, but it was getting more and more difficult.

Then, we saw the Dark Knight Rises.  I won't get too into it and spoil it for those who haven't seen it.  But there is a scene where they address fear as a tool rather than a hindrance.  This inspired me to use my fear rather than caving into it.  My fear of falling over could keep me in balance in pincha.  Inspired by Batman, I practiced Pincha in the middle of the room for the first time in several months.  It felt fantastic. 

Here's a video of my current teacher Angelique in pincha and karandavasana:

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