Raw, adjective: 6. ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit.

New favorite pose!

Meet Yoganidrasana.

You've seen it before, probably in some weird yoga's-freaky-and-here's-why guise. Just do a quick Google image search and I guarantee you'll be giggling like a 14-year-old. I can't even do this asana myself in a busy class without laughing my way out of it. I mean, hello: there's my crotch.

But. Once you get past the giggles and you're back in the silence and sanctuary of your own home, this puppy will really rock your world. Save it for the very end of your practice, when your hips are open, your hamstrings warm, and your spine's aching for a good forward fold after being compressed in one-too-many backbends. Take a headstand and a shoulderstand to fuck with your body's gravity a bit, and then, my loves, roll into this gorgeous sattvic asana. It'll blow your mind, I promise.

Helps to have loose hips and hamstrings, of course, so if you're not quite there yet, be patient. Tuck your feet behind your head, engage your bandhas, drop your chin to your chest, and grab your ass like you mean it. And then, the hardest part: just stay. And breathe. And stay. And feel any bullshit, any mental clatter, any physical blockages stored in your muscles just massage their way right out. Until you're left a clear empty vessel, shattered, broken open, in the best of ways. It's seriously crack, folks.

Read a more, uh, standard explanation of this asana over at Yoga Journal's Master Class article. It'll give you several preparatory postures as well as more detailed directions for entering and leaving yoganidrasana.

After a taste of this action, you won't be able to forget it. You'll crave a hit. Trust me.

It's a Wrap: Yoganidrasana Master Class (YJ)


Jessica said…
If only my hips and hamstrings were that open, but alas, not quite yet.
Kerri Gagne said…
oh this is just too funny. Justin told me just last night that he would propose when I could do this pose! I've been practicing nonstop for a full 24 hours :)
Rach said…
Ahhh ha ha ha, Kerri, that made me laughhhhh. Too funny is right. Let me know if you need any pointers. ;) Otherwise, keep practicing, baby!!
Matt said…
I'll give this a shot after I manage to successfully touch my toes in the forward fold. :)

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