Paryankasana transformation Tuesday! I have grown in so many ways since that first image 2 years ago. There is never perfection in yoga, strength isn’t just physical, and there is always something to work on, whether it’s a pose or yourself.
Note* If you do not feel comfortable in Kapotasana then this pose should only be practiced with props and assistance. The main difference in this progression has to be my shoulders and upper back I always thought backbends were about back flexibility only, but I was wrong. It takes a lot of shoulder opening and hip opening as well. If you have tight quads you might not feel the hips sit on heels all the way. If you have tight shoulders then bringing the elbows down and reaching for the toes can be impossible. But practice, practice, practice. Even if I never got the full pose, I definitely felt the progress either way The other thing I learned is it takes a lot of active strength in most flexibility poses. Without strength, the back is just noodling around and the bones, tendons and ligaments are not protected! With gaining strength also means losing some flexibility, so it’s like double the work to find that balance every time
I know the first one is already quite bendy, but this is MY progress - everyone has progress and transformations. Maybe next time I post this Paryankasana progress, my hands will be fully wrapped around my heels… or maybe not! And that’s ok
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