Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Go to Your B+ Place
I say this a lot in my classes: Just go to your B+ place.
The other day, one of my students said it's one of her favorite things that I say. (Funny. Sometimes I don't realize how much they hear me.)
I tend to use this expression when we are in butterfly pose. I ask students to use their breath, especially the exhale, to create the openings in their bodies. I tell them to never stop pulsing...moving...adjusting, because the body is never actually still.
Stillness in the body is death or dying.
So why the B+?
For some reason, a pose like butterfly brings up a lot of demons in people. It brings out the inner taskmaster like no other posture or movement that I have observed.
Women just wanna slam into this pose.
Nose diving toward the floor as if they can see sunken treasure sparkling below.
Nose diving, you can bet, like a school of humpback whales. Poor backs, I think.
So we start with careful back instruction. Hello, lumbar curve, so protective and sweet.
And then the breathing.
And then the B+.
Which I have noticed stops that nose dive just as it is about to begin.
Ahh...they think...we don't have to be perfect.
That's what it is: Permission to challenge yourself without demanding or even wanting any sort of perfection.