Yoga Day Fifty-Two: Standing Forward Bend

Friday was a really sweet and grounding vinyasa class, where we moved a little slower than usual, and held poses longer than usual.  While the breath is always the string that holds a vinyasa together, in this class, we began with a supine pranayama and never really lost the thread of the breath.  As a result, I was really open in my hamstrings and able to sink deeper into uttanasana, or forward bend, as we worked our way around and through sun salutation A.

I’m feeling something shifting and lengthening back there, in my hamstrings, hips, and low back.  I’m not sure if it’s the almost 2 months of constant practice, the addition of heat and new classes, or a result of weight loss and new muscle, but I can feel myself lengthening as I fold forward and grounding through my feet and head, as though in a loop of energy.  I am also a lot more comfortable in the main vinyasa flows and feel able to access the heat, to open the back of my legs.

While I have a long way to go, a lot of the vinyasa poses are becoming deeper and more delicious earlier in the practice.  Maybe this time next year, I will be like this:

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