So, Day 18 is Heron pose. And I have to confess: I can’t do it. I REALLY wanted to do it. I gave it a shot, but it just wasn’t coming together. In Day 17’s post, I talked about meeting your body where its at, and not giving too much meaning to whether you can or cannot do something. So, let’s just say today is a practice in the theory we discussed in Day 17. In today’s challenge post, she gives an option of Janu Sirsasana (or Seated Head to Knee pose) if Heron is too difficult.
If you notice, I’m not bent very far forward. Since this pose is called “Seated Head to Knee” many students will try to cram their head as close to their leg as possible while forgetting their spinal alignment. You should hinge from the hips while keeping the spine straight. The stretch here should come from the hips, groin, and hamstrings. I can get my head to my knee if I collapse, but this pose then becomes a stretch in the back which won’t help us get any closer to being in Heron pose. If your hips are tight, try sitting on a folded blanket.
From the outside, it may look like I’m not getting very far into this pose, but I am getting a fairly good hip stretch. It’s where my body is today.