*Good morning, all. So I slept on it, and I wish to apologize to anyone who, for whatever reason, is taking this post personally. The message is meant to be a positive one, to bring us all out of the dark and into the light, so to speak, regarding safe and appropriate ways to use the body and, more pointedly, to represent the practice of asana. Mermaid pose, done safely, is quite lovely. But, clearly, there has been and continues to be a major failing to teach this posture correctly. The prevalence of images like the few I've shared here, which I selected at random from a google search for "mermaid pose," is an expression of skewed priorities and the degradation of what should be a safe and sustainable practice. Can we all agree to move forward with this awareness and treat our bodies with respect?
Love, light, and lifelong practice,
|Are you hurting yet?|
|Oh god, my knees!|
|Getting a good stretch?|
|Crunch! Nice background, though...|
Ok, folks. Listen. I know we've all decided that "Mermaid pose" (a variation of Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) is sexy, but this isn't it. This is a back crunching, side spasming, knee tweaking abomination. Stop it.
I am so tired of seeing people in this posture who have no business being there. They're all over magazines and blogs, apparel catalogs and facebook, and nearly every newbie teacher's website. Enough already. Work on your backbends. Open your shoulders and hips. Let's reconvene after a few years of daily practice, shall we?
|Ah... that's better.|
If you are one of the women pictured and you wish to have your photo removed, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Then go do your practice.