Ardha Chandrasana (half moon pose), I’ve been working on this for a long time – years no, but months yes, and by today’s standards of time – that’s a long one. Sometimes I nail it without a block, with long straight spine and fingers dangling above the floor and all is well with the world. But mostly, mostly the toes on the standing foot are squeezing together in a race to the opposite side of the room, my entire standing leg from above my knee to my sits bone is trembling like a cold chihuahua and my out stretched leg is coming at the floor like that crane on 57th steet. What is this?
I mean, is it just tightness in my muscles and joints. Maybe my gluteus medius, minimus, tensor fascia lata or maybe it’s even a tight psoas. I don’t know what the reason is right now, I am too frustrated to look deeper. My other consideration is that just possibly its the weight of my thoughts when I come into this pose. Am I dreading it before it starts, thus making my body heavier and harder to move? Have you ever heard of neuropeptides, people?! ‘Neuropeptides – the chemicals triggered by emotions – are thoughts turned into matter.’ (via Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss PhD, I should also note that I was turned on to this book by goodyoga’s own Desiree Pais) WHAT?!? I’m full up of neuropeptides! I have also heard that neuropeptides are spoken about in the quantum physics film, ‘What the Bleep Do We Know’, but honestly that movie blew my mind so hard I can only remember the title. Anyway, in this case, maybe the reason I have such trouble with this goddamn pose is my subconscious/completely conscious mind gearing up to fail. And/ or maybe it’s a combo of a tight hip and buttocks girdle (is that a thing? like the shoulder girdle? did I just make up a girdle?) and my neuropeptides freaking the heck out. If only http://jacobkyleyoga.wordpress.com/ was there to support my flailing body every time, where are you when I need you – you beautiful human?! Also, this might help! Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 2.33 When these codes of self-regulation or restraint (yamas) and observances or practices of self-training (niyamas) are inhibited from being practiced due to perverse, unwholesome, troublesome, or deviant thoughts, principles in the opposite direction, or contrary thought should be cultivated.
(vitarka badhane pratipaksha bhavanam). Basically, think opposite thoughts. This is the worst, this is the best – you get the idea.
Either way, I’m coming for you Ardha Chandrasana and I’m going master you with 6 of my longest breaths…over and over and over and over again.
That isn’t me, but I know one day, I’ll be rocking that pose too – and hopefully with a bad ass tan and some fucking leg warmers. Lets do this AC!
Photos courtesy of http://elsieyogakula.wordpress.com/2007/07/ and http://www.myyogaonline.com
Yoga Sutra courtesy of swamij.com
swamij in da house
ps – why hasn’t anyone addressed the fact that is half moon pose is completely different then the half moon pose done in Bikram yoga? Look it up.