Today, I touched my forehead to the ground in standing separate leg stretching posture in a noon Bikram yoga class. Here is what it is supposed to look like:
I’m sure I did not look like that.
To be clear, I’d touched my forehead twice before–little taps against my towel. But I’ve never actually set my forehead on the ground like this before and just relaxed into the posture. It was a strange moment for me because I wasn’t actually concentrating on the posture itself. I was thinking about this spot on my back between my shoulder blades that had been tight for several days and wondering how far I should try to sink into the posture and then my head was on my towel. It shocked me. It was the second set of the posture and I hadn’t even realized I’d grabbed my heels. I was so astounded that I couldn’t even get it together for triangle, the next posture.
Just to prove it wasn’t a fluke, I went to another class this evening and touched my forehead in both sets. I’ve heard some teachers say that once your forehead touches, you should shorten your stance to make it harder. That’s all well and good, but two years into my Bikram journey and I can’t see moving on just yet. In my next class, I’m going to put my feet in the same place and see if I can set my forehead right on the yoga mat. Then I’m going to hang out there for a while.