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Summer Series 2018: Andrea and Jason Share Their “Easy” & “Hard” Poses

For this year’s summer series, Jason and I are focusing on “Building a Sustainable Yoga Practice.” Over the past year we’ve talked about injuries, fear of injuries, predatory teachers and we thought — LET’S FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE FOR PETE’S SAKE. Let’s empower ourselves to create a yoga practice that serves our needs.

For the first episode, Jason and I talk about which poses are taught as beginner or “easy” poses and are actually torturous for us to execute. And the inverse of that — which poses are thought to be advanced, but have always been pretty accessible to us because of body type. My hope is that this talk will help unravel that sense of competition (either with others or just with ourselves) that we all feel from time to time on the yoga mat. The truth is that certain poses that are easier and more difficult simply because of the body you’re born with.

That means that those awe-inspiring poses you see on Instagram may not be a reflection of skills and years of study, but rather just something that that person is able to do naturally.  Of course, that means the flip side is true too: You’re not a bad yogi if you can’t balance in Tree Pose to save your life.

If you’ve ever struggled with any pose (or with feeling bad about yourself because of that struggle), you don’t want to miss this one!

Poses we discuss:

* Vrksasana (Tree Pose)

* Garudasana (Eagle Pose)

* Hanumanasana (Monkey Pose)

* Seated Forward Bends

* Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance)

* Bakasana (Crane Pose)

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Episode 91 – Jason’s Thoughts on Warrior I, Navasana, and “Advanced” Yoga

Episode 99: Q&A – Jason’s Tips for Nailing Forearm Balance

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