This is an old photo as some of you may know, when I look at it I have mixed emotions. From an aesthetics standpoint I was and still am very proud of it, the composition, depth, shape make for a great photo, when I’ve practiced it more recently it doesn’t have quite the same “depth”. It was taken in August 2015, just about a month after the bad fall I mentioned a few posts back. As a result of the wrist injury I was dealing with I had to scale back from the vigorous vinyasa style practices I was used to practicing. Instead my practice shifted much more towards Bikram style hot yoga, yin yoga and specific shoulder stretching, as a result a made quick progress with flexibility based postures. This all resulted in some of the “deepest” expressions of back backbends and other poses I had practiced up to that point and in some cases to this day. When I started to train strength in solo practice and in acro in a much more regimented way a lot of my postures seemed to tighten up. At this point I believe I’m more flexible in most ways (definitely way stronger) than I was that point in most ways I also practice with a much greater sensitivity to what my body needs rather than striving for postures that appear to deep but have little carryover to my goals. I remember on a few occasions hearing a teacher refer to asana practice as a process of watching poses appear and disappear without attachment. It’s important in asana to allow your practice to shift as both your body and goals change this can be both adopting and prioritizing new tools as the become available to you and also leaving behind poses and movements that no longer serve you.