We all have one. Sometimes more. From beginners to advanced yogis and yoginis, each of us has at the very least, that one pose. The asana that strikes fear (or at least unpleasantness) into our hearts. The one that makes us quiver and shake. In each and every class, we pray that our teacher will not give breath to those blasphemous words.
Akin to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in Harry Potter, I hesitate to verbalize my nemesis. It already wields too great a power. On the other hand, if I put it out there, perhaps it will lose potency. So here goes.
The Yoga Nemesis Pose:
Whew. Ok, no yogi monsters appeared in a cloud of smoke. My head is still attached to my body. And my brain doesn’t feel scrambled. Good.
My practice is strong, but this looks-so-innocent little pose consistently gives me grief. Commonly held wisdom tells us that the things we detest most are often what we need most. We resist what may well be medicine or the path to a breakthrough. We don’t like to rip off the band-aid, even though our wounds need oxygen to heal.
Parsvakonasana wears me out. I feel weak, tired, and angsty in this pose. My ire rises up and washes over me like an angry tide of red ants. I suppose I need to dig deep to figure out why it’s such a drain and a drag. What hidden sore spots is it accessing deep in my cells? What am I protecting there? What am I holding on to that I need to let go? Whatever it is, it lurks in my legs.
What’s your nemesis pose? Perhaps together we can overcome our stuckness and proclaim victory + freedom!
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