Today, while breaking down Ashtavakra in class, boss lady explained how the pose came about. According to wiki, “Ashtavakra is a revered Vedic sage in Hinduism. His name literally means “eight bends”, reflecting the eight physical handicaps he was born with.” Yet, despite his physical handicaps, he managed to become a revered sage.
I once overheard 2 instructors chatting before class about how it’s a blessing to be able to do yoga, much less teach it. The practice I had after hearing that line was a really memorable one for me, in recent times. I felt alot more alive and really really thankful for being sufficiently pain-free and healthy enough to have a physical asana yoga practice. That I was able to be clothed in fancy yogic clothes and spend money for a membership in a yoga studio.
Not sure if I’m ever able to consciously meditate on gratitude and being blessed while holding Ashtavakra pose, but from today onwards, when the pose comes up, I know for sure that it would not just be another arm balance for me.