Long time no blog. Life gets in the way sometimes.
I've been thinking about Virasana variations for the past month. There are so many; this topic may have a part 2 at some point.
The first place to start when thinking of a pose is the book. There are many variations of Virasana in "Light on Yoga", which if you were took Anne Schultz's classes last year, you would have permanently etched on your feet:
This isn't the only way to torture your feet!
Here are some more:
Arun taught this in preparation for Vamadevasana 2 in Dallas this year. Wowouch!
To get your feet back to normal, turn them the other way:
Here's one for the ankles:
If the toes have had enough, time to get the calf smashing tools out.
Do not use the cat. He doesn't like to be smashed and is way too sharp.
You can also move this prop back along the calf. I didn't get a picture, but the roll has different effects on different parts of the calf. I like it in the middle of the calf behind the two heads of the gastrocnemius muscle. It does something nice for my hamstrings. Someday you may learn to love calf smashing as much as I do.
The next two variations for today are to help the thigh descend.
This first one I learned from George Purvis:
Rather than using the block under the buttocks, use it under the backs of the thighs. Make your thighs descend to the block.
The second one I learned from Ramanand Patel:
The final variation for the day is an experiment of mine. I really like the internal rotation I get when doing Trianga Mukhaikapada Paschimottanasana with a blanket under the Virasana leg outer buttock bone. So I'm experimenting with doing that same action in Virasana. Let me know what you think.