Day 1️⃣3️⃣ of #shittygymnastics is a #ekapadarajakapotasana, or One Leg King Pigeon Pose. In Ashtanga, this is the very last asana of the Third Series, Advance A. #enoughsaid
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Those close to me know why I choose Ashtanga. They’ve heard all my reasons and explanations. They patiently sit and listen to me as I try to put into words my experience of practice, what it means to me, and most importantly, what it does for me. Over the years I’ve gotten better, but it is no easy task to speak of something so deeply personal. The time on my mat is always an intimate experience, and anytime I try to verbalize it I can’t help but feel intimidated and exposed. And yes, dumb, too! Maybe that’s the point...
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This is when I turn to books. In his commentary on the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, Chip Hartrangt, explains the necessity and importance of asana. He articulates it so eloquently - it is insightful, clear and persuasive. (I highly recommend it, of course.) So the next time you find yourself at a loss for words and tongue-tied as you try to explain why your toes need to touch the back of your head, think of his words:
"Āsana is a window that opens onto some of our deepest personal conditioning and the suffering it generates. ... Our growing familiarity with subtle internal experiences helps us to recognize the ways our bodymind contracts in the presence of hurt, delay, desire, and other features of daily life. We begin to catch ourselves earlier in the process of tightening, viselike, around difficulty, disagreement, or frustration. We can then relax, noting how this embodies the intention to know the moment more clearly and openly."
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Beautiful, isn’t it?!
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Show us your best Ekapadarajakapotasana, or One Leg King Pigeon Pose. Any attempt will do. 💩👌 And don’t forget to tag us, @davidrobsonyoga & @vesic_jelena, along with the hashtag #shittygymnastics.