poses, self-talk

Pick a pose – Adho Mukha Svanasana

One of the yoga blogs I read is Grounding Through the Sit Bones.  It’s Iyengar-focused, which I like, because most of the ones I’ve found have been Ashtanga-focused.  That’s fine, but it’s not my discipline. (I do love Yoga Gumbo, though.)

Go take a look.  She just started a thing of practicing a specific pose for several practices in a row, and suggesting that her readers do the same, then post comments.  I missed the Trikonasana (triangle) practice, because I don’t read the blog religiously.  The current pose is Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward-facing dog).  

At first I thought, “Dang, I can’t do that one with my funky shoulders.”  But then I realized I can, because I can do variations, and make observations about my progress.  

Well, first of all, have I done this yet?  No.  We went out of town and stayed in the teeniest B&B bedroom ever, where there was no room on the floor.  But I’ve been back a couple of days and still haven’t been on the mat.  Tomorrow morning, really.

Anyway, what I CAN do is dolphin pose.  I don’t know the Sanskrit for this one, but you can see it at Yoga Journal.  I can also do the pose normally but with my elbows belted together so I don’t collapse.  That is still a bit hard on my wrists.  And I have ropes at home, so I can do rope dog.  Also wall dog.

Am I being too much of a Pollyanna?  I do think I can do almost anything with some modification.  Now if I would just DO IT!

Utthita Trikonasana
Utthita Trikonasana
Adho Mukha Svanasana
Adho Mukha Svanasana

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