Posture summary

I wanted to post a little posture summary so I’ve got something to look back at at the end of the challenge. To the extent it’s possible I’ll base this on where I was at the start of the challenge. This post is mainly for my own enjoyment (I don’t think I’ll posts any follow ups to this one). But hopefully once I’ve got this of my chest I can stop focusing on the physical aspect in my posts and look more at the internal journey I’m taking. (I’ll use the Sanskrit names because I want to practice them)

Pesky little postures:

  • Dandayamana Janushirasana – Oh the knee, that beautiful smiling locked knee is nowhere to be found. Need I say more.
  • Dandayamana Dhanurasana – Although it’s gotten better the knee of the kicking leg often hurt in this posture forcing me to pull out.
  • Salabhasan – Somehow I’ve gone backwards in this posture. It was much better for me 6 months ago. Biggest problem I guess in that intense feeling of wanting to throw up in the both legs part.
  • Ustrasana – I think most people struggle with this. I seem to get really dizzy, sometimes even before I bend my head back.
  • Janushirasana/Paschimottanasana – It’s mainly the seated forward bend. I don’t know why but for some reason I just dread this posture. I sometimes start getting worked up about how horrible it will be already in fixed firm.

Average joes:

  • Garurasana – This posture is coming into it’s own with left leg standing. The right isn’t so great.
  • Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimottanasana – This posture always just feels average, not making any headway (excuse the pun) but it’s also not draining.
  • Pavanamuktasana – This is the posture I’m least happy with my progress in. But there is not really anyway to push it without hurting yourself.
  • Dhanurasana – I almost forgot this posture completely. I don’t know why but I seem to have no emotional connection to this posture. It’s neither here nor there.
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana – I’m struggling with where to put this posture. It always seems solid enough and I can bend far enough. But I would like a straighter back in it.

Those beloved savasana extentions:

  • Tulandandasana – Oh how nice of bikram to give us a rest here, it’s so appriciated.
  • Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Janushirasana – I guess this one could go with the super stars bellow but I find it very relaxing so I put it with savasana extentions. I’m getting very close to having both knees locked in this posture.
  • Tadasana/Padangustasana – This is another one of this nice little moment to catch the breath that Bikram seems to have given us. I should say that this was my super star posture when I started bikram, the only one I really felt I had nailed from day one (well at least tree).
  • Supta Vajrasana – Here we enter what I call the easy part of the series. The only tricky ones from here on in is Camel and stretching (see above). I always enjoy laying in this posture breathing letting the class just pass by.
  • Adrha Kurmasana – Is there a more relaxing posture in this series? I guess it’s no surprise with it’s close relation to child’s pose. It took me a long time to even find a stretch in this posture, but it’s there now. Nice long full back stretch.

Super stars:

  • Arha Chandrasana/Pada Hastasana – Good solid pose, get the sweat rolling and me happy.
  • Utkatasana – I used to hate this pose the most when I first started bikram. It came at the start to knock you down, and my knees just wasn’t strong enough. Now it’s one of my favourites.
  • Trikanasana – Wow this posture has come a long way since I started. I’m almost in two mind about putting it above with savasana extentions, but it’s just a bit to powerful for that.
  • Bhujangasana – I just love cobra it’s one of my favourite postures, still room for improvements but wow does it pick me up and help me get the will going to do locus.
  • Poorna Salabhasan – Another one of those posture that has just come so long since I started my practice. I’m loving it now, and it’s often the thought that it will come after that keeps me in second set locus.
  • Sasangasana – This posture has just gotten stronger and stronger since I saw it done properly at the asana championship. With the recent comment by a teacher that I got fully extended hips in this posture (well at least the once) how could it go anywhere other than on the super star list.

I realise that what I’ve just done is create the perfect tool for anyone of my teachers to just pick my practice apart in class. But should that happen I guess I’ll get an entire arsenal of good advice along the way.

5 thoughts on “Posture summary

  1. That is a fun exercise, actually.

    I will NEVER understand how so many guys (it is always MEN) find balancing stick easy and relaxing!! Are you kidding me?!? That’s the part of class where I’m most likely to think I’m having a heart attack!!! It is “EVERY MUSCLE CONTRACTED”! “Whole body stretching in opposite directions like natural human tug of war”!! Get to work! 😉

  2. I think it’s the mental simplicity of it. Once you are in the posture and have the standing leg locked there is only one thing to focus on, that nice long straight line running through your body. Compare that to something like half-moon. Move yor hips to the left, your shoulders to the right, stretch to the ceiling, come down more, lock your legs, push the hip forward, breath, push your chin up. Ahh, *stop yelling at me*! It so much easier and more relaxing. Half-moon is like your mom always complaining you’ve got to clean the room. Balancing stick is like a road trip on your own down a country lane, all you’ve got to do is drive, and you’re already doing that.
    Also I found that (if you’re not doing it already) locking out the Mula Bandha helps incredibly in this posture. Check out this article for a good practical guide to doing so, http://www.doashtanga.com/Mula.html

  3. HAHA – I do see your point. There definitely is a certain simplicity to the posture, especially compared to something like standing bow pulling!! I’m just so frickin’ wiped out after standing bow pose these days. Certainly tons of room for improvement by me. Occasionally when I really lock into the posture, I understand how it could be easy. And I did figure out that there is some kinda Bandha action going on that helps…

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