Today…er….yesterday was Day 12:  Crescent Lunge or Anjaneyasana.  We are doing the low lunge variation.  You can bring it up to a high lunge if you want to be a big overachiever, but I say there’s nothing wrong with keeping it humble.  There’s also probably nothing wrong with being an overachiever.  We all have our reasons for doing what we do.  No judgement.  ANYWAY:

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This is the most basic variation of the pose.  If you are ever this pose and experience low back pain, try pulling your tailbone toward the ground and contracting your abdomen.

I’m mostly excited about this picture today because both of my arms are even with each other.  Just a few months ago, my left shoulder was way more flexible than my right, and in back bend poses like this one, the right would always be more forward than the left.  Today, they are even.  It wasn’t anything I was striving for.  I just noticed it.  Also, the constant shoulder pain I’ve been plagued with for about 2 years has pretty much vanished the past few months.  What’s changed?  I have a regular yoga practice.

Regular practice doesn’t have a great sales pitch: “Practice yoga everyday, and in about a half a year your posture will improve.”  When most people hear that, they lose all interest.  I honestly didn’t set out to improve my shoulder.  I just approached yoga (and my body) with care and reverence on a regular basis.  In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, “tapas” or self-discipline is built through regular practice.  Even if it’s 10 minutes a day, if that 10 minutes is regular, sacred, and done with enthusiasm, you will develop self-discipline.  Through self-discipline, real, lasting, and powerful change occurs.  It isn’t like the latest drastic, fad diet.  It’s like the drops of water from a creek that eventually will wear down even the hardest of stones.