A new “super-human trick!”
Lately I have been branching out, taking more advanced and master classes to really push my practice to new levels. One of my FAVORITE guest teachers popping up around Manhattan lately is Alanna Kaivalya. Incredible woman, incredible teacher, love love love her! I always find myself branching completely out of my comfort zone, yet somehow completely supported.
So when I took her most recent master class (which will be available soon on her list of podcasts), I was so excited to learn something new!
After we worked ourselves into a crazy sweat, I found myself sitting with my left leg bent sideways on the floor in front of me, pulling my right calf across my chest. “Maybe this is enough for you,” she says, “or maybe you bring your arm through so your knee is over your shoulder.”
Yes clearly, that sounds plausible. Oh wait…it works.
Next, we planted our right hand on the floor and grabbed our right foot with our left hand. And as I watched in amazement, Alanna straightened her leg and twisted her body underneath so her gaze was up to the left. Kinda like this but with the bottom arm on the ground:
Ok I know I’m flexible but that looks absurd! No way. Uh uh.
Wait. Stop. Don’t think, just do. Pull twist straighten…wait I’m DOING IT?!?! Whoa…thats like a new super-human trick! I allowed myself a minute to geek out before I recentered myself in the room.
Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana, also known as Compass Pose, is quickly becoming an a dorky addiction. Its on my list of “crazy yoga things I have accomplished.” Once I figured out its not nearly as hard as it looks, I’ve started working on getting it straighter, holding it longer, and really feeling the ways that it stretches me out. I wont lie, its a crazy hip stretch.
Because of this, I now find myself pushing more. Questioning more. Or, more importantly, keeping in mind that something that looks impossible isn’t necessarily out of reach.
For the record, I’m pretty sure this is the kind of stuff that all my guy friends assume I’m doing every time I say Im going to yoga…;)
(maybe I’ll work on this one without the water first…)