Tips for Bakasana – Modifications & How to break your “cheats”


I recently made some 2 steps forward, 1 step backwards kind of progress in my practice. It can be rewarding and humbling all at the same time to retrace steps in service of building a better foundation. We all have to start somewhere and I definitely recommend doing postures at whatever level is appropriate for you. However, sometimes the most helpful work on my mat involves taking a step back.

Many modifications are steps on the path, but others turn into bad habits quickly. Revisiting poses you think you can’t get any further in can add a new level of challenge to your asana practice. The most difficult things I do in my practice always push me up against my edges, just outside my comfort zone. It’s always more tempting to take the easy way out, but what fun is that? After all, what is this practice other than a committed journey over a long duration? My biggest challenge in making these leaps is tackling my own humility in the seeming lack of “depth.”

If bakasana is on your radar then give some of these modifications and challenges a try to further your own experience of the postures and push your edges a little.

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