Hands to Feet Pose. Deep Forward Fold. Padahastasana.
This is one of my favorite postures (though I have so many “favorites”). I have quite a bit of work to do to touch the top of my head to my toes, but I am just so grateful to be able to do this much.
Five months ago, after I injured my hip I could barely grab my heels with my knees completely bent. I had lost my length and extension in an instant. I’ve worked hard to get back to where I was before I was hurt and little by little this pose has gone from complete agony, to a delicious stretch.
I want to be able to lock my knees again in class. I want to have a straighter and longer spine. I want my elbows to touch behind my calves. But, that is on the horizon. Inch by inch and breath by breath I’ll slowly ease my way there.
For day 4 of April Intentions my intention was to be easy on myself. I am my harshest critic and will always find faults, but for today I’ll try to silence that little judgmental voice and just be.
It is what it is and it’s not so bad.