I will have been practicing yoga for 9 years in February. Yesterday, Christmas day, I was able to do full hanumanasana, (without blocks!) for the first time ever.
I have, of course, practiced hanumanasana many times in classes, and in home practice over the years. Why did it happen today? I wasn’t feeling particularly strong, but I was called to practice in front of our fireplace. Lacking other inspiration I decided to practice a “feel your legs for Grounding” hamstring lengthening sequence I had planned for my next class – its peak pose was standing splits variation.
I tweaked the vinyasa sequence, making notes as I went along, and without much forethought at all decided to test the sequence’s effectiveness in hanumanasan, instead of standing splits. Lo and behold, there it was!
So why today? It could be that I had no expectations at all that particular moment, I was simply looking to feel the effects of the vinyasa sequence in my legs.
Another factor might be that I have ridden my bicycle DRASTICALLY less this year, than any of the previous nine years. (Because of my location I have to drive much more) We’re talking anywhere from 5 to 25 miles a day, prior to this. So overall hip-flexor mobility might have been a major factor.
It could also be the major change in our galaxy’s arrangement – I don’t understand these things at all, but more informed people tell me it’s a pretty big deal. Are things getting easier in general?
Anyway, I thought I’d post this for some inspiration. I’m not usually a person to strive for postures, I’m just not that ambitious with my yoga (unlike most other things in my life – that’s one reason I love yoga!) But this was a small, unexpected Christmas delight for me.
Namaste and Happy Holidays!
P.S. I will post a version of the vinyasa sequence as a podcast as my January podcast post.