My yoga adventure and what Ardha Chandra Chapasana taught me!
My adventure with yoga began because, as a young person, unfortunately, I did not care about my spine and because of bad posture – wearing a heavy backpack on one shoulder and lack of physical activity, I led him to a very bad condition. I visited doctors and physiotherapists, I tried to practice a healthy spine and Pilates, but the pain in my hip and spine kept me awake.
I was lucky because a yoga school was opened at the fitness club I went to. The first classes were very hard for me. I wanted to remember the time when I was skating, dancing classical and ballet, but my body showed me quite differently.
The first-morning yoga classes
To sit in the cross seat I had to have two blankets to help me. And in the morning classes, where the majority were seniors, only I sat on blankets. I was ashamed and my health caused me to despair. I think I could break down then, but the next class changed my attitude.
Another yoga class
When I came to the room, I immediately noticed a person who could not sit freely on the floor. The teacher replaced her chair. Then with every minute and every asana, I saw him suffer, but he doesn’t give up. Then I learned that she had a traffic accident and has a serious problem with the spine – fractures, complications … With her, I was a specimen of health. And yet I felt sorry for myself. From that moment I changed my attitude and started working not only on the body but also on the mind.
And today …
Years later, this person and I are other people. I teach yoga and she is fully functional and I even had the honour to host her in my classes. Yoga changed us physically and mentally.
Favourite asana – Ardha Chandra Chapasana
Ardha Chandra Chapasana is my favourite asana because it reminds me of the path I have followed. Lack of balance – stability in life, closed hips – insecurity, stiff spine – rigid views and judging others, closed-chest – anxiety.
This asana changes people, although it is a real challenge for everyone who is at the beginning of their path. To make it, we must remember many aspects that build it.
How to prepare for the performance – Ardha Chandra Chapasana
A stable and wide foot is the foundation on which we keep balance. Proprioception of the joints – ankles, knees, hips, must be sufficiently developed to maintain the joints in an equivalent position. Opening the chest and stretching the iliolumbar muscle, as well as the back muscle group of the thigh – are necessary for deep entry into asana.
Also, asana is impossible without internal focusing attention and looking at one specific point, so as not to fall out of balance. In my opinion, Chapasana is an asana that combines so many elements needed for a proper yoga practice that it is one of the most difficult asanas. However, stubbornness and peaceful pursuit of the goal, daily practice, will lead you to it.
I also recommend this asana for its beauty and unusual holiday photos