Week 155: Yoga Has Your Back
I love it!
"Yoga has your back."
How aptly stated!
Literally and figuratively speaking. This statement wraps up all the things I love about yoga! This needs to be made into a t-shirt! Hmmm... Maybe I just might make one!!!
This week's practice emphasizes the point that no matter who you are and how you practice, yoga has you covered. So many poses and so many options.
It was further emphasized when I was lead to a pose I recently blogged about - belly twist (Jathara Parivrtti). Thinking that I was going to do it the same way, I really gave it no thought. But as Adriene continued to cue, she led me into another version. One I'd say that was definitely different (and not expected).
In researching for my previous post, I was introduced to straight legged belly twist (Jathara Parivrtti variation). Believing this was the "option or alternative", I never thought it could be anything else (read: either hips and knees both flexed or hips flexed, knees extended). I never even considered that the bottom leg could remain flexed (hip and knee) and the top leg/knee would be straight!
Well - yes - from a technical and biomechanics perspective. Yet, the pose challenged me more than ever...unexpectedly.
The lengthen of the lateral leg (which I totally need...IT band, tensor fascia lata, glute med etc.) was tremendous. So much so that I slightly gasped when I went to the right side! The bottom bent leg offered support and almost acted like a silent player (I assume when both legs are straight, there must be a stretch in that leg too).
It just goes to show that on the surface yoga is simple (do this pose and that pose) but it has so many layers! The more I blog the more I see I have so much to learn about ALL the poses and being a well-versed teacher.
Needing to continue caring for a less painful - knock wood - back, this unexpected belly twist had my back. The best thing I could have asked for!
What yoga pose has your back? I've got too many to count! To more weeks of exploration,
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Aspiring Yoga Teacher
I've practiced yoga since I was a pre-teen and have always found it to keep me centered. I will be a teacher one day and this is my journey to discover teaching and practice.