Tomorrow, I will be celebrating my fourth year in yoga–a little over two years doing vinyasa and almost two years now in Ashtanga. Yet, I still have to refine some asanas that I have been doing since day 1. Practice, practice, practice….
See how my left thigh is angled at some 30 degrees? Since today is moon day, I worked on refining some asanas, doing them against the wall. For this side-angle pose, I made a conscious effort to keep my thigh straight (and keep my butt off the wall) as I bent down to reach the floor. Oh my, what a side stretch!
Now if I could bend from the hips, keep my back straight, and set my sit bone pointing up the ceiling…I think I’d stop complaining that my torso is short.
I know, I know, YT doesn’t want us to analyze the poses and to practice instead with inner awareness and to flow into each asana. Wondered why there are no mirrors in our shala?
Serendipitously, I landed on an old post. A great reminder:
Alignment can be philosophical, emotional, physical, and/or intentional. Proper alignment can mean the difference between the breakdown and the breakthrough of a practitioner. Proper alignment (of the mind) can help serve a transformational purpose rather than create the havoc of undisciplined thought. Breakthrough! To practice yoga that is harsh, critical, violent, and motivated by vanity, striving, and competition, we are…at war. Breakdown! (Yoga from the Inside Out, 68-69)
Yoga is about transformation, not perfection.