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Standing Sequences

Standing sequences put my endurance to the test, especially since I am someone with weak quads and low endurance, these sequences can definitely put the mind over body mantra at test.

I didn’t know that High Crescent Lunge was actually Virabhadrasana I variation before you are able to ground that back foot so learnt something new this week! I also didn’t know that the distribution of my body weight has been wrong since the beginning. My legs (mainly quads) felt the difference when I shifted my body weight to the center and it gave quite a relief for the front leg. Also, with the tailbone tucked in, I could feel the stretch on my hip flexors now, which I didn’t feel it previously (maybe not much). So Virabhadrasana II was the same, recentered my body weight and it felt a little more bearable and as usual the front knee collapsing in which I am now putting a conscious effort to engage that outer thigh muscle and my glutes. I am really thankful that my friend/teacher always get us to open up our chest when we do Utthita Trikonasana, Utthita Parsvakonasana, and Baddha Utthita Parsvakonasana. So it became a second nature to open up the chest and have the top shoulder align with the bottom. I was honestly quite shocked that we progressed all the way to Svarga Dvidasana. I mean I knew we have to be doing it in any case but just thought it was quite an advanced asana.

200 Hour YTT Feb-May’21