Being Mindful

Day 42 with Kyoko did not disappoint. I love class w/her and how she walks over and give you corrections by lightly tapping your body parts. If I ever were to have a private lesson, it would be with her. Heaven!

After yesterday’s antics, I was quite sore. My hams are recovering slowly but steadily. I pinpointed that I’d pulled them on June 21 in class before the Solstice in the Square during Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee aka Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana (say that ten times really fast!). This posture is pretty easy for me to do but really is the bane of my existence.

It’s one of those postures where I throw my body around without being mindful of how to hold myself. I remember my first 30-day challenge which I did when I’d started doing Bikram yoga. In the second to last day, I managed to throw out my lower back in this very posture. It is deceptively easy but it can cause trouble if done mindlessly. This time around, my mindlessness has afforded me trickier hamstrings. If you continuously do this pose mindlessly, your body will force you to be mindful with an injury or two.

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee consists of many intricate, crucial parts. If you fail to do these things, you will hurt yourself. You must square your hips. Make sure that no hip is higher than the other. Your heels need to be in one line. Most importantly–and I’m not sure this is in the diaogue–besides curling your chin to your chest and sucking in your stomach when you round down, squeeze your butt! If you don’t, you run the risk of lower back and/or hamstring injury, two things I’ve experienced because of carelessness in this posture. Be mindful or your body will make you mind.

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