5 poses to cre­ate sta­bil­ity in­side and out

Here’s how to find your fullest ex­pres­sion of Ardha Chan­dra Cha­pasana.

Yoga Journal - - Contents - Story by Cather­ine Guthrie Se­quence by Baron Bap­tiste

IF ARDHA CHAN­DRA CHA­PASANA (Sug­ar­cane vari­a­tion of Half Moon Pose) is the peak you’re eye­ing, says yoga teacher Baron Bap­tiste, each step on the path must be mas­tered be­fore you can get to the top. A pow­er­ful heart opener, this chal­leng­ing pose is both a bal­anc­ing pos­ture and an asym­met­ri­cal back­bend. The key to feel­ing free­dom in Cha­pasana, as well as in your day-to-day prac­tice, lies in giv­ing de­tailed at­ten­tion to the in­tegrity of your align­ment in ev­ery mo­ment of ev­ery pose. “Pre­ci­sion gives ac­cess to in­te­gra­tion in a way that keeps you safe and sup­ported,” says Bap­tiste. “When you work with pre­ci­sion, you cre­ate the space to ex­plore what’s pos­si­ble in your body, which keeps your prac­tice en­er­gized in­stead of static.”

As you move through each pose in this se­quence, stop to re­group. Take the time to check and recheck the places in your body and psy­che that might be vul­ner­a­ble to in­jury or weak­ness. Make an ex­tra ef­fort to keep those ar­eas open and sup­ported, firm yet free.

Keep in mind that pre­ci­sion is dif­fer­ent from per­fec­tion­ism, which is rife with self-crit­i­cism and judg­ment. When you as­pire to cre­ate “per­fect” poses, you miss out on wit­ness­ing the full­ness of each mo­ment—whether pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive. Pre­ci­sion is about process. Per­fec­tion­ism oc­curs when you be­lieve the myth that there is an end­point in your yoga prac­tice.

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