Today’s Practice: #goddesspose
I have a confession: I sometimes call this pose #horsepose because I think men won’t want to practice a pose named after a woman. And although at first glance, my conscience is OK with this choice – I’m suiting the class to the audience, I am making my class more accessible, blah blah – I honestly don’t think this reasoning holds water anymore, if it ever did.
For one thing, what about the female students? We yoginis practice plenty of poses that are named for men - #shivanataraj, #mirichiasana, #vashistasana – we don’t think twice about emulating masculine traits. *** #Godesspose is called that for a reason: To practice it in a deep stance, and with your legs bent in external rotation, you must be simultaneously open AND strong. These aren’t just female qualities, nor should they be! But I believe that the Open/Strong pose was named after a female deity for a reason.
The female gods are NO JOKE. They do not mess around. Durga brings the flood. Kali cuts off the head of the ego. Saraswati manages everything from truth to art – amazing qualities for any person to cultivate.
And what’s more, I feel it’s time to give the male ego some credit. Men are not as fragile as we think. Certainly the students I see are not – they can manage five deep breaths in a pose that’s got a female name.
Perhaps it’s time to ween ourselves away from these outdated little social imbalances. We’re post- #metoo now. It’s time – hell, it’s overtime, to give ourselves some credit.