Our post last week showing various video instructions on the “dreaded Kapotasana” ended up focusing on a different point than I would have expected.
It wasn’t about Kino MacGregor’s approach versus Heather Morton’s. It wasn’t about what makes getting into this pose easier.
The focus was on the word “dreaded.”
As I wrote, I don’t dread Kapo because it is still so far off in the distance for my practice. But I sure see a lot of people making a huge deal about it in their practice and I often hear it talked about as “the dreaded Kapo,” as if that were its Sanskrit name.
The comments on the post were, I thought, really terrific — thoughtful, open-minded, measured and respectful of the practice.
As commenters rightly said, the dread is something we all bring to that pose — or any other we might rather avoid. (Reminder of a Tim Millerism: “Avoidance is not the answer.”) And we all know that reaction is what we are seeking to move beyond, or perhaps through, via our Ashtanga practice. If dread has never been part of the translation of Sutra 1.30, it maybe ought to be. (Perhaps it is better than “doubt”?)
And so, perhaps as an attempt at a collective or crowd-sourced way of getting us all through our dreaded poses, I ask this:
What pose do you dread (maybe seek to avoid)? Why? And what do you think you could or should be doing about it to overcome this particular obstacle to your yoga?
I’d offer to go first, but I’m not sure I can narrow it down. Right now, anything with a half-lotus bend to the knee or even a really extreme bend scares the prana right out of me. I try to be thoughtful and mindful and carefully push myself to my perceived limit, in the hope that limit will move further and further on. It probably is just a struggle with avoidance. I also try to sit in Virasana as much as possible — but it is never enough.
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