Karandavasana – Lotus in Forearm Stand
I think that karandavasana is such a beautiful, but is so challenging. Not only do you have to find tonnes of strength in your shoulders to hold you, not only do you need to find your balance upside down, but you also have to have open enough hips to come into lotus pose. That’s right, you have to wiggle your feet into lotus pose while you’re trying to balance all of your weight in your forearms, and keep your balance! But if you can manage to work your brain enough while you’re upside down to achieve all of that, it’s incredibly beautiful. If you read my posts often, you’ll know that inversions are my current challenge in my practice. So finding my balance in pinch is something I am just starting to get, so I’m not quite to the point in my practice where I can start playing with this (away from the wall). I can certainly play with this pose while using the wall, but I do feel like I’m at the point where I need to stop using the wall as a prop. I look forward to working toward this pose and finding the beauty ad stillness that I have seen by others in this pose. The sheer strength and balance that this pose requires is one of the many reasons that I find it SUCH a challenge, but that’s what makes it fun!