|Here is Mr. Iyengar doing it.|
But before the joys of ABP can be experienced, one must encounter...the other one. You know who you are.
Yeah, I'm looking at you Utthita Hasta Padangustasana. Stretching, balancing, shifting the gaze, breathing calmly, face relaxed, shoulders down - it wants it all. I dread this one. Really, like, "oh no, here it comes again. I hate you UHP!" Naturally, this attitude does not make for beautiful execution.
This morning, I did it on my own and then the teacher came over to assist me (basically, they hold your extended foot so the balancing part is removed from the equation). I gave her a look that said, "what? you expect me to do this twice?" She answered my look by saying, "It is easier when you get assistance."
I replied to her, "Sure, but I have a war going on in my head right now."
She said, "You said it, I didn't."