Raw, adjective: 6. ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit.
New favorite pose!
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)