“This yoga should be practiced with firm determination and perseverance, without any mental reservation or doubts.” – Bhagavad Gita
Everyone starts somewhere. It’s a practice and dedication. I remember thinking — wow, I’m never gonna get into that pose. Never say never. I had to remember what I read in Bhagavad Gita. My spirit was down, I remember writing in my yoga journal one day and I let the negative chatter take over.
Eka Pada what? One thing I learnt in this posture is that you must start with a solid foundation. I start this from side crow (Parsva bakasana). Some start from a tripod headstand, but I prefer getting into it from side crow. So…how did I get there?
Get warm first. Sun sals and a few twists. I’d suggest core work to get that awareness in the belly.
Then, start to set your foundation. I get super twisty as I get low. I draw my elbow in….
Then I set my hands shoulder width. Claw your mat… Set your gaze forward.
Then draw in thru the inner thighs and core. Start to lean and balance in side crow.
Then, don’t be afraid. The secret is to trust yourself and keep focus. Lean forward and start to scissor position your legs.
Practice and persevere. Don’t despair. It will come in your own time!