The bow and I are having a standoff. I believe this is a pose I should have in my practice. And I don’t mean the super elegant, elongated bow, I just mean reaching BOTH hands back and grabbing my feet.
(This woman is not seeking dharma). I can’t tell if my inability to get this pose is due to legs, shoulders, or back. I can do a decent bridge, a relatively good straight legged happy baby, and a lot of one arm thigh stretchs. But I cannot, cannot get into this pose!
This is what I want to do:
But at this point, this is what I CAN do:
Except with only one hand. And modifying with a strap doesn’t really help because it takes SO LONG to use the strap that by the time I get situated, the pose is over.
I’m hoping to bug B to help me connect with the pose in front of the mirror in our living room so that I can build some muscle memory. But I see this pose as a gateway to a backbend and other poses I am trying to move closer to. And I certainly do before my Noah Maze workshop!
Maybe I just need to relax and play with it at home, instead of getting frustrated in class? Practice, practice, practice!