Life in foreign countries... With lots of Yoga in between.
A girl at my studio showed me her kapotasana before class started, i.e. with zero warm up or pre-stretches (she's not a seasoned yogi). It freaked me out. She later had to go to a physiotherapist to get her back fixed. Sometimes young people just don't appreciate the delicacy of their bodies.
Hahahahaha, even more than Laghu? ;)
Hells to the yeah. Even more than laghu. My head is still far away from the floor in laghu and I'm nowhere near understanding laghu. Can't even begin to wrap my head around kapo. And my upper back is flat from years of ballet soooooo kapo is really a... £&*^@!!!!!!!
Someone told me the other day it was like cliff diving (which, incidentally I would NEVER do), because if you scramble up to the top and look off the top, you won't ever jump because it is too scary. But if you just scramble up and jump - it is way more fun. I think about that every time I do kapo. Don't look! No fussing! Just Jump! Ahhh!. Actually, I think that makes it worse.
Hahaha Stan! That's great advice. Actually, that's kind of how I started approaching Laghu too - don't think, just do. Y'know... Just get on with it. I know that's probably the same way I should approach Kapo too but I'm not there yet. Part of my process involves lots of internal yelling and screaming and swearing... But one day (maybe another few more years down the road), I will be able to take the cliff-diving approach as you've suggested. HAHAHA!
so this is going to sound really dumb, but don't forget to breath. i take 10 to 15 breaths in kapo. it sounds insane but usually the first 5 to 10 breaths involve most of the muscles in my body fighting against the posture. i find if i wait and breath nice and slow eventually everything gives over and then i can get in a few breathes where everything feels really nice.oh, and this is tova, i don't know why the other name is up there, and i don't feel like assing around with blogger :/
It's not dumb at all Tova. The first time I got into it, teacher kept saying "BREATHE!" And breathing sounds like the most natural thing you ought to be doing but while the rest of my brain and body parts are figuring out what the hell is going on, yup, I forget to breathe. Or rather, breathing is beyond me. I will try to remember to stay there for longer (AS IF!! HAHAHA!)