We recently checked in with our January yogi of the month, Bianca Pendziakow, to learn a little about her experience with the pose of the month, Parivrtta Bakasana (Side Crow). She reminds us that we can all learn something by going back to basics even when we know what we’re doing!
Parivrtta Bakasana always felt like am uphill battle for me.
Like many poses I find more challenging, I made the mistake of working from the outside in, rather than from the inside out which gives poses that effortless easy quality.
Prior to January, I approached this pose as a “make the shape” asana… Can I just get my body to balance for some amount of time while curled up in a ball balancing on my hands? Quietly grunt, exhale forcefully, tip, sweat, release… I did it! Ugh…
After working with this pose for the month, I discovered that the ease came from an unexpected place. Counterintuitively for me, since the shape looked like a ball, by finding length along my spine and broadening across my collarbones, I was able to shift my weight rather effortlessly over my hands to find a calm and steady balance.
As with most poses I have played with in the past, but never really understood until my teachers at 216 took the time to break them down and explain them, I continue to enjoy going back and practicing them again and again!