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Yoga is definitely not about the poses, it is primarily about your journey towards getting into the pose and savoring the whole time while you are in the pose.

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I was on my way to Astavakrasana (Eight Angle Pose) in this photo.

Astavakrasana read as (ahsh-tah-vah-krahs-anna)
asta = eight, vakra = bent, curved, crooked.

“What makes Astavakra remarkable is that he crossed the line with his father, and was punished, before he even left the womb. While still in his mother’s belly, he corrected his father’s recitation of verses from the Rig Veda, a collection of India’s oldest and most sacred hymns. Enraged, Astavakra’s father cursed him, and the boy was born deformed. Astavakra’s name refers to the eight (asta) crooked (vakra) angles of his limbs; the many angles of the pose Astavakrasana evoke the curse of crooked limbs that Astavakra triumphed over by dint of his persistence, piety, and intelligence. ”

“Despite his father’s cruel curse, Astavakra remained a faithful son. When the boy was 12, his father lost a priestly debate and was banished to the watery realm of Varuna, lord of death. Although the journey required a monumental effort, Astavakra traveled to the king’s court to challenge the man who had bested his father. Because of Astavakra’s unsightly shape, the people at court laughed at him뾟ut only until he opened his mouth and they discovered he was incredibly learned and deeply insightful, even though he was still just a boy. Astavakra triumphed in the debate, winning his father’s freedom, and people who once mocked him became his disciples, including the king. ”

This pose focuses on the wrists, arms and the abdomen. It is automatic that you should avoid doing this pose if you have any injuries involving your arms and wrist. Listening to your body prevents you from any further damage. Remember the five abstentions in the Eight Limbs of Yoga. Ahimsa means non-violence (to yourself and to other creatures in this Universe).

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