Lately, this sort of thing is becoming even more exciting. I am desperately trying to get that through, in my class, but every month is a revelation how few people can sustain or survive this aspect of yoga . So many want to be entertained passively in a class, and will not engage their minds at all. That is a bore for me, as a teacher. And I am happy when such students go. Like I was telling somebody, yoga is not entertainment -- it is an exhilaration and an engagement. It cannot be sipped passively. You create the champagne swirl, the magic yourself, when you participate. That sort of an attitude is a far cry in a city like Mumbai which is used to a passive entertainment culture that it can be very trying when u try to real yoga here:( But this month on, I am really not bothered about that. I am ok just where I am and feel rather detached (50 per cent only, yet) from teaching. When the 100 per cent detachement happens, I would have swallowed my biting tongue, will tease my students less and permit some of them their mud-holes longer. But just now I am trying vainly to make gazelles out of sloth bears (yes, I love the sloth bear character in Ice Age, though he was quite a let down in the last sequel)..But the day I give up and let sloth bears be sloth bears and stop suffering from the illusion that the type of yoga I teach actually transforms life, then, yes, I would have attained mokhsha:)
Part of this detachment and the exhilaration that comes from real detachment (which is disinterested and that is different uniterested, for those who wish to know the finer difference)is that I am back revisiting my variations with real fun. Also on some days I do the energy-release poses instead of holding advanced poses for long and feel the maturity of that sort of slowing down.
On top u see the upward forward bending pose which is actually a version of the boat pose. The head should drop between the legs and yes, when I am warmed up, it can actually happen comfortably!
What u need for this pose:
- Steadiness in the boat pose.
- Strong forward bend.
- Just a great sense of fun as u topple several times before making it!