Eka Pada Rajakapotasana // One-legged King Pigeon and the Power of Now

This is not really a yoga pose… or maybe it is. It’s inspired by one-legged king pigeon, but it’s a much more relaxed, or ‘wavy’ version of it. I am sorry to let you know that I have always been a bit of a rebel, even though nowadays I tend to go by the rules 90% of the times. 

I love poses variety and variations as much as I love their full expressions or their beginner versions. What I particularly love is not to see progress coming, but courage coming. There are many poses that I am capable of performing, but my head isn’t. Poses that I would love to do, but my body is not ready. Poses that are hard and that I can perform, but I choose to practice lighter versions to protect my overly bendy joints and prevent my high pain tolerance to trick me. I need to focus on the now, on how I feel, on what matters at the present tense. 

I do believe in systems of asanas and tradition, and I do believe in practicing the uncomfortable when it’s safe. I do advocate hard work. But I also believe in creativity and enjoyment. You can also like your practice! It doesn’t have to challenge you physically, like CRAZY, every – single – time. What matters is that you are there, on your mat, in your life, walking, being, listening or doing, with dedication, persistence, joy to be there and putting effort into it.

Today I chose to flow a bit more and be kind to my body, so I could enjoy the wonderful sunset more instead of warming up for a full, flipped grip pigeon that would have been performed for the sole purpose of aesthetics. Observing that sunset gave me  much more meditative experienc, and a much deeper sense of connection with the here and now, with Nature. Yoga is always here and now:

Atha yoga anushasanam
Now, we begin the teachings of yoga.
—Yoga Sutra 1.1

Atha is key. Atha is NOW. Now we begin, now we choose, now we make the decision to be present and practice.
I chose to be there tonight, I chose to be in the present tense, in the present moment, instead of being in a pose for Instagram.

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Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

 

Have fun guys, take it easy, be there, be in your Atha! 

 

Carolina

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