In January, as part of YoMo, I invited several friends to practice with me on Friday mornings. My original ideas were that it would be only for January, and that it would be restorative.
As it turns out, we’ve continued our practice, and it seems to me that all of us have benefitted. We learn from each other, we gently correct each other or suggest other ways to move into the poses, and we all work hard. It’s not restorative, most of the time, but it’s relatively gentle.
It doesn’t matter that D and B can put their foreheads on the ground in Upavistha Konasana, and P, K, and I need the wall to keep from flipping over backwards in the pose.
One of the best parts is that we talk things over. Should we do another set of Virabhadrasana III? Nobody wants to be the whiner saying “Noooo!” So we encourage each other. We have certain asanas we do almost every time. Today we were doing lunges as part of Supta Virasana prep, which we do often. We had a good discussion of the differences between having your knee on the ground or not, or toes pointing back or bent under, or leaning forward onto the floor or more upright with hands on the bent knee.
This is going to be one of my YoMo suggestions – that people find others to practice with.