On Thursday, I tried to do Grasshopper Pose and was unsuccessful. It’s not the first time I have tried and failed – I actually wrote a blog entry about letting the posture go. About accepting that some things are out of your grasp and being OK with that.
And yet… I was so close. Was this really something I couldn’t do? Was I missing some small thing? I studied the picture of me from Thursday, truly LISTENED to the instructions Kerri Verna and Kino MacGregor were giving. But most importantly, I shared my practice with my friends. I asked a co-worker who has a yoga practice that is as consistent – if not more so – as my own. And a friend (currently freelancing at my office) who is a professional ballet dancer and circus performer. I showed them the pictures of the experts and then the picture of me giving it a try and we broke it down.
In her instruction, Kerri Verna (AKA Beach Yoga Girl) mentioned “Chatarunga arms.” I noticed that my arms weren’t at a 90° – hence my foot slipping off. With my friend’s support, and a healthy dose of humility – I finally achieved Grasshopper Pose! I have a long way to go, don’t get me wrong. I held the posture for all of 30 seconds and my alignment is way off. My straight leg is behind me when it should be out to the side. And yet, my little Grasshopper flew! I am focusing on that for now.
Kino has her straight leg resting on her arm, I will work up to that. Or try, anyway. She also has her head higher off the ground. Again, something to work on. But I now know I can – with a little help from my friends.