MYF Workshop: Blindfold Yoga
Favorite Yoga Pose: My favorite yoga pose was once my least favorite - pigeon. Each time I would fold forward in a full prostration, I was overwhelmed with emotion. This is a pretty common experience - I find that giant hip openers like pigeon often churn up deeply held feelings for many students. So often these are feelings of sadness, pain, relief. For me, pigeon used to bring out anger the likes of which seemed so contrary to all the benefits I was finding in the rest of my yoga practice. After class one day, I shared this feeling with a teacher friend of mine, and she suggested that if this was how pigeon made me feel, perhaps I needed to do much more of it! I have found that she was right, and in the hundreds of pigeons I've done since, somewhere along the way I let go of that anger. I'm no longer holding a place for it in my hips or in my heart, and as a result am much happier, both on and off my mat. Now I can hinge forward with my hands extended in hasta mudra, release my hips onto the earth, and allow the sensationalism of the pose to wash over me.