Alice, the full pose is not with leg straight. The full pose would have, say, the right foot in lotus and the left foot (knee bent) crossing over to the right side of the right knee.
So the full pose is simply with one leg kept fully extended while the other is bent and pulled to your body? I often wondered about that. My teacher in Florida had me do this version instead because he thought it would make it easier for me, as when I pull my knee in to my body I feel a great pinching in the inner groin area, but it really made no difference.
. Paul Grilley explains this as compression of bone meeting bone. Anyway, as this is kind of painful, I prefer to do reclining twists instead. I can then get a wonderful feeling full twist without the compression and pain.
But this is a beautiful looking pose, and I wish I could do it; however, I don't think it's worth the pain to keep trying.
I want some ruthines because I live in Costa Rica in a farm so far from any center
I'm absolutely loving this basic column. I've been reading Yoga Journal for over a month now. I plan to continue for years to come!
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Simply Superb! I was wondering why people forget the philosophy and the story behind each pose. Now yogajournal has brought it back - with redoubled vigor! Keep going....!
I think that was a great in-depth covering of that pose. It was very nice. I used to be famous in my family for my fish faces, now I have a pose that goes along with them!
This is great, I watch Yoga on T.V. , but need more information on poses and breathing. Here at Yoga Journal that comes to be. Thank you.