Saturday, August 4, 2012
The White Whale
I took a workshop or two with Bhavani Maki when she was in Boston. She said that everyone has a pose that will break them. I think of this as the literary White Whale (not to be confused with the Sad Mammoth :). That elusive beast that we just can't seem to get a hold of. My White Whale is pasasana. I've had it for about 6.5 years. Once I managed to gently graze my own fingers on one side. Otherwise, it is a constant struggle. Much of this has to do with my physique. I have long muscular legs, a short torso, large boobs, and short arms. I also have a kaphatic tendency to carry excess weight and retain water. It is a constant and humiliating battle. But I know it is possible!
Here are a few videos on how to get into the pose. I'll let you know if any of these end up helping me!
I think it was her tip in this second one to let the arm gently drop down, that helped me graze finger tips on that one joyous occasion.
And here's a longer explanation from my Philly neighbor.