A tree in the forest

I have added another wrinkle to my bedtime regime of yin yoga. While I am on my back in reclining bound angle pose (Supta Baddha Konasana), I rest a sandbag on each knee. I leave them there as long as I can stand the stretch. This angle of my leg and hip is extremely problematic for me. I do not have much range of movement in that direction. The best illustration of this obstacle is in tree pose: I have been unable to place my foot on my thigh; I may reach my thigh, but I can’t hold it there because my muscle torque pulls my foot off. My knee/leg, instead of being extended at 0 degrees to my body, is at 45 degrees. This issue also complicates my hips and balance since the rigidity does not lend itself to the micro-adjustments made to keep balanced on one leg, as well as in seated postures because I can’t rotate my thighs.

In class today, I was rewarded for my efforts by seeing that I could put my foot on my thigh, just above my knee, and hold it there. I still have a problem maintaining my balance, but the change shows that with just two weeks of work I am seeing results. In the past, I would have told myself that the obstruction was just the way that my body was put together, and I should never expect to get into full tree pose.