Taking your practice to the “next level”(wherever or whatever that may be) requires practice, patience, and courage. Trying new poses, especially things you maybe never thought possible before, is no easy task. Bringing a playful attitude and mindset to these new asanas is a must. You have to accept the fact that you will likely be unsuccessful on your first attempts and that is totally OK!
Whenever I work on a new or more advanced asana accepting that my efforts may not result in success the first day is something I always have to keep in mind. It is also helpful to know what your body is capable of and what it will take to “successfully” hold or take to get into a pose. Does the pose require flexibility? Am I strong enough to complete the transition? Is it even possible for my body and my anatomy to twist in that direction?! Simple questions like these will help you size up the asana before you begin practicing.
Once you get into practicing it is just fine to be a little timid as you get use to what the pose feels like. Then you need to make the assessment about whether or not it is safe for you to really go for it and practice the pose on a higher level or put more effort into it. Getting hurt practicing yoga poses is not a good thing, avoid this at all costs and know your limits! Hurting yourself can happen in stretching poses just as easily as it can happen in strength poses!
When you do feel comfortable practicing a new asana the best way to learn it is to add it to your routine on a regular basis. I say routine because you may practice the pose for 5 minutes randomly throughout the day or at a more focused time like before, after, or during your Yoga practice. If you continue to practice you will find what you were looking to achieve by learning the pose!
What Yoga pose do you want to learn most?
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