Eka Pada Koundinyasana 

Practice and all is coming.

It may not be super obvious from the photos, but I have gotten SO much better at this posture. The first time I did it, I basically got my toe off the ground for like two seconds and yelled at my husband to take the photo. Looking at my second attempt, I can see that my leg needed to be straighter. I still have to work on straightening my back but for now I am so focused on not face planting… It’s a start.

The posture is basically side crow but with your legs extended. From a squat position, turn your body to one side, getting both elbows on the outside of your leg. The most important thing is getting your hands planted well on the floor. Think of your arms in Chartarunga. Keep your elbows at a 90° angle and have your forefingers parallel to one another. With your legs still bent, lean forward into side crow. I find it easier to extend my bottom leg first, find my balance and then extend the top leg out. I need to work on lifting my gaze off the floor. But will get to that when I am ready.

Earlier this week I was told that I had neglected some of my obligations and that maybe I should be doing less yoga so I can focus on my priorities. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Yoga is my therapy. It is my friend. It is an ego boost. It humbles me. It is the thing that reminds me to unclench my jaw.

People want your priorities to be theirs. People decide that they can’t go on vacation or take sick days or take any time for themselves. They decide that they don’t have enough time to eat healthy foods or be with friends. Sometimes they even take medications to help in this endeavor. These are not my priorities. And I will not let you guilt me into adopting yours. I will change my schedule – as you will no doubt note, dear reader. But I will NOT deprive myself of that hour I have to myself. Away from my demanding job, away from my obligations as a wife and mother. I LOVE my kids and my husband. But I also love myself.

Namaste.

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4 thoughts on “Eka Pada Koundinyasana 

  1. Just to get this out of the way – I LOVE your yoga pants! Ok, so now that that’s over with…

    I like how you described the pose and where you are at in it. But what really resonated with me the most was the last bit about priorities, yoga, and choices. I find myself in the same situation at times as I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to pull together an online yoga-related business. I have a full-time day job that pays well and that provides a pleasant work environment. People just seem to feel that I need to commit more to the things that THEY think should be my priorities. But these things are the very things that keep me from suffocating and that give me hope that I don’t have to be a cog in the machine forever. So your post was a great reminder to me to keep plugging forward. Thanks! I dig your blog 🙂

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    1. My pants are Daughters of Culture. I love them too! And thank you for your words. I can say it as a joke, but you really don’t want to see what would happen to my psyche without yoga in my life. Keep on fighting the good fight, I will do the same.

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