On Wednesdays I teach, so there’s no time for a full homepractice or challenge pictures. While I really like the idea to use theses Wednesdays to post some crooked first tries or hilarious fails today I wanna post a progress pic. The top picture is a Rajakapotasana II from this March and the bottom one is from a few days ago. At first glance I saw nothing. Well, I thought to myself, you’re practice is at a point where progress maybe comes slower now. Then my ego proposed to exactly measure how far the hands are away from the knees or the distance between head and feet. Maybe these distances got a little smaller, but really - whatever. Not important. At second or maybe third glance I saw the real achievement here. The real change is in the lower back. Can you see how much more space there is in the second picture? In March I was literally hinging in the lumbar area. And that was when I was well aware of the dangers of backbending mainly from my (very flexible and forgiving) lumbar spine and was consciously trying for months to get the backbend to my upper back fully understanding that I would otherwise be inviting pain and injury. But it just didn’t happen. I worked on my thoracic spine diligently but felt nothing change. For a very long time. So that’s a mighty slow progress. And a few days ago I could see it in this Rajakapotasana at the wall. The opening in the upper spine, the hip flexors, the throat area. It’s happening. Slowly and behind the scenes. Patience, daily work and the mind blowing cYoga methodology did the trick. Smart little things adding up over time - a recipe for achieving some awesome stuff.
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