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On Balance

In the Primary Series used by Astanga yogis, there is a pose I’m nowhere near able to get into called ardha baddha padmottanasana (say that three times fast), or half-bound lotus intense stretch posture.  It looks like this:

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 A modification of a modification of that one is another posture in its own right, called vrikshasana, or tree pose.  It looks like this:

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I struggle with this one, too: balance has never been my thing.  In fact, I recently found out that this is not just because I’m not trying hard enough:  by nature of the fact that my great-grandmother, my grandmother and my mother all had or have something called genetic or hereditary neuropathy, there’s a pretty good chance I’ve got it, too.  I’m not too terribly worried about it – while my grandma’s not at the height of her game, she was a sharp shooter up until 80+, as was my great grandma, and my mom comes to speak to me on Skype more often than not pulling off her gloves from working in the garden, returning from or on her way to a workout, or exhausted from a day filled with any number of physical tasks.  I’m just annoyed that, from the little I can understand from what I’ve read on the interweb, I’m predisposed to the clumsiness that’s ailed me all my life.  I am, quite literally, a natural-born klutz.

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