I think too often in our yoga practice we are satisfied with "pretty good", or perhaps in the Iyengar yoga world with "not bad." Poses should be delicious, full of nectar and promise. We should be strive for the Haagen Dazs of asana.
I start this week with a "not bad" version of Adho Mukha Svanasana:
Maybe the difficult part for you in AMS is getting weight in your heels. Well, who doesn't need more weight in their heels?
Want to work harder? Here are some ideas:
As you advance in your practice, there come some more difficult Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand) poses, where the arms are in different positions. Why not practice them in Adho Mukha Svanasana first and get a taste of that sweetness?
Angle your blocks up the wall. Then turn your hands all the way out. This one is great for those with tight shoulders.
You need to find the use of props that lead you to Haagen Dazs poses. Don't be satisfied with Breyers.
This week my regular photographer was out of town, so all of these pictures were taken by Peggy Kelley at her home studio. Alas, there aren't any cats in her studio. Many thanks to her all the same.