cobblers pose

Tintype portrait of a cobbler posing with his tools and shoes, c. 1800′s.

Source: National Museum of American History.


I’ve never really tried gymnastics and I’ve never danced, so flexibility has never been quite easy for me. Before Yoga, there was a time when I couldn’t even touch my toes in a forward fold, and the monkey split wasn’t even achievable. However throughout my years practice, my flexibility started to improve, but I wanted it to go further.


My friend suggested attending Limber class with her one evening, and after understanding what that entailed, I thought I’d give it a go.


The session started with a cardio based warm up which then moved on to intense stretches. I say intense because I was pushed to my very limit, and was made to stay in position for approximately eight breaths.


The main part of the class consisted of this:

1)    Cobblers pose (Baddha Konasana)

2)    Forward fold (Uttanasana) aiming to get your head between your legs (something that did not happen FYI)

3)    Seated forward fold (Paschimottanasana )

4)    Reclining splits (Supta Padangusthasana)

5)    Monkey splits (Hanumanasana)

6)    Deep straddle splits

Personally for me, where certain poses such as the monkey splits seem relatively ‘easy’, some were more challenging. The best thing about Limber class was that it taught me to remember to breath deeper into the poses no matter how much I was struggling. I think I’m getting closer to those inversions – sort of.  

(Photos taken from Google/Kino Macgregor)