Twelve Days of Yoga: On the 2nd day

“On the second day of yoga, my guru gave to me…

2 turtle poses and
a Hanuman in a coconut tree.”

Kurmasana or tortoise is very appropriate for this time of year when you just want to shut out the chaos and focus on stillness for a moment.  You know the story about the Tortoise and the Hare and that slow and steady wins the race right?  Kurmasana reminds me to  slow life down and bring my attention inward.  It requires me to surrender.  It requires me to stay strong and to trust that my body will get there when it’s ready to get there (just like the Tortoise in the race).

What I love most about this pose is that it reminds me of the ocean.  I feel like a giant green sea turtle bobbing up and down to the rhythm of the waves. I fold in and surrender to the pose.  I hear my ujjayi breath echo the sounds of the ocean as if I had a huge conch shell pressed up against my ear.  When my worries and concerns get washed away, I drift back onto shore and crawl out of my shell.

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