Asana milestones that come unexpectedly

I attended tonight’s yoga practice with the intent to turn inward and “detox” after a few days of business travel.  It was supposed to be a run-of-the-mill yoga practice, nothing special, no specific goals, no expectations, just a simple surrender.  But I wound up surprising myself.  In a good way.  Twice.

First: I was finally able to jump back to Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose) from Bakasana (Crow Pose).  It wasn’t entirely graceful.  But I did it.  Twice!  I’ve never done that before.

Second: With patience and effort, I was able to get into a pose I’d never tried before.  I don’t know the name.  Picture is below.  The prep is Utkatasana (Chair Pose) with the ankle over the knee.  Balancing on one foot, you then slowly, slowly, slowly place the hands on the floor in front of you … then move into the arm balance.  I did this pose on one side, holding it for a slow five-second count.  The concentration coupled elation was pretty awesome.

Unexpected rewards like this really make my day.  It’s a reminder that I’m capable of much more than I allow my mind to believe.  My body proves it to me through asana.  I should take this lesson and apply it off the mat more often.

Next time, I’m going for that straight leg. And the goofy grin.


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