Alignment and Balance

May 30, 2017

Excerpted from Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings,  A.G. Mohan

 

Alignment and Balance

 

One day early in the development of my asana practice, I was practising headstand in class. Krishnamacharya insisted on long, slow breathing while I held the headstand for, say, twenty-four breaths. As I was concentrating on my breathing, he said, “Your right leg is moving to one side. Be aware.” He continued, “You are running about, doing various activities and riding a scooter. It seems you need to do more ardha-salabhasana [a modification of the prone backward bend known as the locust—lying facedown on the ground and raising the trunk, one leg, and one arm off the floor on inhalation].” He mentioned my scooter because he had observed that my scooter’s brake pedal was on the right and he knew that I was riding it for more than an hour a day. The gearshift and clutch were on the left handle, so my left leg was free. But I had to keep my right leg unmoving, with the ankle raised and resting slightly on the pedal.