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“Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.” ~Khalil Gibran
At first glance it seems like a posture that will require little effort. All you have to do is move your head toward your knee. Seems simple enough, right? Not quite. Janu Sirsasana (head-to-knee forward bend) will mostly likely require a strap and/or cushion. A simple Google search will lead you to believe that your hamstrings will instantly give you the flexibility to simply “lengthen forward into a comfortable stretch.” The reality is, this posture can easily take weeks, months or years to master.
In fearlessYOGA we use janu sirsasana as a transition from gomukhasana (cow-face pose) to paschimottanasana (seated forward bend). I distinctly remember beginning my practice and being able to reach my calf while using a strap for assistance. A few days ago, I realized, after almost a year of consistent practice, I can touch my toes! Will my posture ever look like the images in the yoga magazines? Probably not. However, there is a lot to be said for the pride that goes along with personal progress.
Khalil Gibran’s quote speaks to the power of true progress. On and off the mat true progress is never about maintaining or enhancing your current state. It is all about creating an elevated state. And once the interim or final goal is reached, take a moment to relax and enjoy what has been accomplished. Having pride in what you do and who you are becoming creates a positive relationship between your progress and your practice.
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