Ode to a Pose

HP_202_Vasisthasana_248.jpgIt’s about time somebody wrote an ode
to Side Plank.

Whenever I ask for favorite poses and
least favorite poses, Side Plank (Vasisthasana) crowds the second list. It seems
you don’t love it.

I do. Here’s why:

1. It takes just the right amount of
strength (not too much, not too little. A Goldilocks thing).

2. It also requires Goldilocks balance.
When distracted or tired, I flutter around like laundry in
a big wind. On ridiculously unfocused days, I fall over before I get a chance to flutter.

3. My body sings to me in Side Plank. When that happens, I feel like a goddess. A flying goddess.

4. Whenever I begin thinking I’m
amazing, I attempt to raise that top leg. My left leg is
good for six inches and three to four seconds. My right leg doesn’t
budge at all. She’s not a team player.

At this moment, Side Plank is the one
that deserves an aria. If I were a mezzo-soprano, I would suggest a

I’ll bet you’d love to write your
own Ode to a Pose. Which one would it be?

Thanks to yoga for being a thousand
songs. Thanks to you for the conversation,


Kristin Shepherd is a chiropractor, actor, and speaker (About All
Things Wonderful) in North Bay, Ontario.  Join her on the 
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