Yesterday, after a short practice at home during which I focused on my Chaturangas, I posted over on Facebook a link to one of our old posts: “Reminder: You’re probably doing Chaturanga wrong.” In it, there’s video of Lino Miele and he holds his Chaturanga each time, eyes forward.
It’s a reminder that, yes, Chaturanga is a pose. It’s not just a transition like, say, Chakrasana. But I think it is safe to say that a lot of us tend to blow through it and get to Urdhva Mukha Svanasana ASAP.
Today, during our Led Primary at Omkar 108, as I was hovering in Chaturanga waiting for the command to move on, I wondered if the forced hold of the pose is what’s at the root of people’s dislike of Led classes. (Not that everyone hates Led classes, but my experience is that people with Mysore practices would choose Mysore over Led, any day.)
Perhaps more to the point: Is it the Chaturangas that make Led classes so hard?
Again, in general, I suspect that Led classes force most people to hold most poses for longer than they are used to; this may be especially true for “harder” poses like Uttitha Hasta Padangushthasana.
But those poses all come and then go. Chaturanga is there with you throughout almost the entire practice. It is there after Utplutih when Savasana is calling out sweetly to your shoulders and arms.
Holding it is hard.
But as a friend texted me yesterday, it is holding Chaturanga that builds the strength necessary for the practice. In fact, I’ll quote her: “That pause = lots of strength.”
I guess what I’m saying is: Do your Chaturangas.
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