The Lame Bird of Paradise

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“No gap in between the thigh and body!” “Straighten the back!” “Extend the knee!”
No matter how I squeeze, the gap is still there. No matter how I mentally command my knee to straighten, my quads refused to budge. Look to the left. Look to the right. Why is it that others can do it but not me?! Should I “force” myself? This thought kept lingering in my mind.
Ahimsa is the first Yama (self restraints) in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. It can be interpreted as non-violence and non-harming of other living beings.
But what about towards ourselves?
To me, non-violence and non-harming should start from myself.
In practicing asanas, there are far too many poses that I still can’t do. However, instead of forcing myself into the pose, which may cause injury to me, I should break the pose down and work on each particular area.
In the case of the Bird of Paradise, I shall work on opening my hips, strengthening my quads and stretching my hamstrings.
With the practicing of asanas, I’ve learned to be more patient and love myself more.
I believe that with time and patience, I will be able to straighten those legs!
200hr YTTC Sept 2015 (Weekend)

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