Of Chaturangas, Planks, L-shapes and Wheels.
T-Rex hates chaturanga.
Yup, just like T-Rex, I had an extreme dislike for chaturangas and push-ups due to my very weak arms. I remembered never passing my NAPFA inclined push-ups since I was in primary school. This further carried on into my teenage years and early adulthood. No matter how hard I tried, I was never successful. Am I doing something wrong?? I never knew the answer.
Fast forward to January 2015, the month in which my YTT journey started with TY. Somehow I (barely) survived that very intense training that Master Paalu put us through the first couple of weeks, where we did countless push-ups, burpees, planks and L-shapes. I remembered the fear I had every Thursday and Friday night before the weekend, the number of sleepless nights and never knowing what to expect each weekend morning.
But then, January came, Feburary came, and March went away. Nada, nada, still no chaturanga happening. However, on this very day in April, when I was practising Vinyasa with a friend, BOOM, chaturanga HAPPENED! I was over the moon! I remembered telling my colleague at work, if I can EVER manage a chaturanga in my life, I would treat everyone to drinks (which I didn’t till today lol).
From the intensive training that we are being put through weekly, I can truly attest that IT WORKS. This YTT has helped me to become stronger and more flexible, in ways that I would have never imagined. I have wasted the past 20-odd years of my life not knowing what to do with my arms, but am happy to finally have found the answer. I could never manage to do a Wheel pose (Urdva Dhanurasana) in the past, but can come into it easily now.
This Sunday marks the end of my YTT with TY (hopefully, if I pass the Asana exam), and I am thrilled to see what the future holds for me in my practice.
Peace and lots of love,