Asana Addict by Hanna Riley: VAJRASANA (Thunderbolt/Diamond/Rock Pose)

VAJRASANA variation (Thunderbolt/Diamond/Rock Pose)

Thinking of this month’s article, I felt incredulous that we’ve arrived at March of this new year already. I remember being told while growing up that the days fly by as life goes on, but my school-aged brain, plagued by marking periods and dreaming of spring break, didn’t believe a word. I find now that feels quite true, and my yoga practice urges me to not simply see the days as whizzing by, but also to treasure them in their ephemeral nature. Marianne Willamson taught me that, “you can go as deeply into each day as you choose.” Dates can just be dates or the days can be deep experiences of our lives. Blessed be our bodies that carry us through all our ins and outs and ups and downs. Our feet move us on our mats and everywhere else, so, as we march into March, let’s show our tootsies some love & thanks for the foundation they give us to stand strongly upon them in each and every present moment as it arises.

ALIGNMENT AWARENESS

  1. From Table pose curl your toes under so your feet look like plank. If this brings about moderate to strong sensation of toe and foot stretch, simply stay in Table.
  2. You can also lean back and use your hand to assist your toes into a deeper curl. Sweep your hand gently under your toes to enhance the tuck. If your toes don’t tuck under more, they’re doing that for a reason. Years in shoes tends to bind our feet, so give patience and consistency in opening yourself in this way, especially if it’s new.
  3. As your feet develop pliability and your knees do not protest a deeper fold, you can sit back with your hips on your heels into a tucked-toe Child’s pose variation, or you can also sit upright, kneeling with head stacked over hips. Until it is available to sit straight up and down, lean forward as you need to so your body weight is slightly displaced and not bearing straight down on your feet. Stay for small doses before you work up to longer holds of a minute or two. Take your time developing mobility.
  4. Although it’s tempting to argue that this is solely (pun totally intended) a torture technique, opening your feet, while it may take time to develop, can enhance your balance and every step you take, making you more resilient and responsive to changes of direction, demand, and terrain.

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