My progression into reclining hero pose. Removing the work clothes and jewelry and just relaxing into being fully myself makes me happy.
Okay. This got me. :’)
This does NOT even look like what it feels like. It was glorious in my mind. My wheel is wonky. It is as of my shoulders will not allow my arms to straighten. Not sure. I know I need work. Learning to be patient with myself and to accept myself where I am makes me happy.
Handstand prep work. Being able to see my own alignment issues and knowing how to work toward correction makes me happy.
After watching a video on some things to focus on when working on wheel pose (which I cannot seem to find again today so I can share it with you all), I decided to work on this pose, as well as hanumanasana during each practice for a while.
The video focused on creating more space in the upper back and extending the spine rather than just the small of the back. One way to achieve this was to stop when the crown of the head is at the floor and make certain the elbows are drawn in (I am pretty good about this part) and the humeri are pulled back strongly into the shoulder sockets, pushing the shoulder blades back to open the chest (heart) more before straightening the arms. The next step advised was to focus on straightening the arms from there, not necessarily pushing into the earth with the feet so much (that comes next).
I got to the crown of my head. Elbows were in. Pushing the arms back down into the shoulder sockets really made things change. From there, I was able to straighten my arms nearly completely. It was a different feeling, as I really felt the abdominal stretch suddenly more focused up and over and through the heart/chest area. Then I added the pressing of the feet into the earth to deepen the stretch and to shift more forward over the hands. Wow. Completely different wheel. :)
This will take more practice and play with the pose to see where it leads.
I do know that I am at around 6 months of regular daily practice. I can say with certainty my back is FAR more bendy than I ever thought would be possible for me. I also know there is a long way to go. For me, this is slow going, but it is going.
I suppose this is a real lesson in patience and persistence.
This pose, to me, is feminine. It makes me think of giving birth, creation, and new life. To me it is a pose of hope and expectation. Friday nights make me happy.
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