I’m nowhere near achieving that pretty standing bow pose, but that’s alright!
Scrolling through the millions of yoga poses posted on Instagram, I guess any of us who’s not at that ‘level’ yet will probably feel jealous, in awe, or have this ‘One day I’ll be just like them’ mindset.
However, we also fall for the same old trap – I want to be ‘Instagrammable’! We force our bodies into shapes they’re not ready for, or neglect alignments just to look like we’ve reached the peak.
Honestly, I’m guilty of it too, but I was eager for progress. I wanted to see my foot above my head in Standing Bow Pose, and head to touch my knee when I’m in my Standing Forehead-to-knee Pose.
There are 4 steps to the standing forehead to knee pose in the Bikram series. The next step should be attempted only after the previous can be done properly.
- Lock the standing knee, and lift the other leg to a ninety-degree.
- Interlock fingers at the sole of the bent leg.
- Straighten the bent leg.
- With a flat back, start bending the elbow under the calves.
- The final expression of the pose is to bring the chin to the chest and touch the forehead to the knee.
As you can see, my forehead is on the knee but my elbows aren’t under my calves. I was eager for progress but I missed out on the essentials.
Ultimately, remember to do it the right way, one step at a time. Proper warm up, alignment and attitude are the way to go.