Remember the carefree days of childhood, when a handstand was a trick associated with joy and awe?
Playing makes accomplishments feel effortless and light while practicing is considered a more serious endeavor. While strict discipline and dedicated focus have their place in the big picture, they can set us up to fail in the form of ego-based motives.
Here are some poses to help you relax and enjoy your asanas.
Pose 1: Child Pose
You knew it was coming! Relax into a Child’s Pose to let go of all pretenses. It’s the perfect opportunity to let go of everything that makes you feel self-conscious or rigid.
Sit with the intention to surrender and then relax into a pose. Your arms can be draped at your sides or laid limply out in front. Remember that you have nowhere else to go and nothing to do but surrender fully to your inner child.
Pose 2: Tree Pose
We are rarely afraid that a large tree will fall over. No matter how big the tree grows, its deep roots are there to support it. Tree Pose is the perfect way to learn from this metaphor.
While you are in this position, imagine strong, deep-red roots growing out of the sole of your supporting leg. You can release your need to be perfectly balanced by using imagination and playful visualization. Have fun and giggle at your wobbles! If you wobble, get up and try again. Even the tallest trees can sway.
Pose 3 – Crow Pose
This pose is not only a great way to practice headstands, but it also helps you enjoy the experience more. Crow Pose is a challenging pose, but it allows you to put your ego aside and let your imagination run wild.
Allow your mind and body to be filled with childlike faith as you assume this pose. You can feel confident that you’re perfect and supported and that you can achieve what you want.
Pose 4: Dolphin Plank
What else are dolphins known for? The playful and giddy sea mammals!
Dolphin plank requires more focus than playful movement. However, the act of holding a plank position for as long as you can is a fun game. Try keeping your plank pose throughout your favorite song to increase your stamina. Remember, however, that it is okay to falter.
Everyone wants to be perfect, especially in body practice. Try to focus on your strengths and abilities instead of setting goals.
You may be surprised by what happens when you relax.