Bad at Hanumanasana (the splits)
Written June 13, 2015
We might as well get this Ramana lovin' bastard out of the way right now.
After over a decade, this is it. After warming-up, on a good day, on my good side. Booyah.
A brief timeline of this pose in my life:
“I'll never be able to do that,”
“Hey, I'm a little better at doing that.”
“I WILL do that.”
“Oh, I think I hurt myself doing that.”
“Oh shit, I definitely really hurt myself doing that.”
“Eff me I hurt myself even worse doing that on the other side.”
“SCREW YOU, MONKEY GOD, I CAN’T EVEN BEND OVER ANYMORE.”
“Can I do that? No, my practice isn't about that it's about being healthy and loving my body.”
“... but I still kinda want to do that.“
I'm not going to go into my opinions on why I hurt myself or a discussion of anatomy- there's enough good info out there on this for anyone who's interested. Most long time practitioners I know have hurt their hamstrings. Though I see a shift happening, I don't know if we talk about injuries enough. I mean REALLY talk about OUR injuries. I know part of being a teacher is appearing confident- but I doubt how much my faux 'injuries are all part of the practice' attitude, or my impersonal discussions of anatomy really help anyone. Personally, I know that all the biomecanics in the world would not have made me back off my hammies. I knew better but my desire to progress overran my common sense. I was in the sticky trap of viewing yoga as a linear progression; with poses as benchmarks. I started at point A and with hard work and dedication I would inevitably get to point B. Point B is where it's at! Point B deserves a chai latte. Until I decide I really need to get to point C. And I'm pretty sure getting to point D will be a lot easier with new pair of stretchy pants. And so it goes.
One final note, my apologies to any teacher (whom I may or may not have disclosed my injury to) if I lost my kit at them when they attempted to adjust me in forward bends between 2010-2012. Yeah,sorry about that.