Remember the story of the Tortoise and the Hare?
In this vinyasa practice with Andrea Marcum she uses tortoise pose (kurmasana) to inspire self-care. Of course, she physically maps out the component parts that build tortoise pose, but she also reveals that, like a turtle, we need to get beneath our hard outer shell and into our contemplative inner landscape if we want to create lasting progress and change. As always, Andrea offers modifications for the arm balances included in this practice.
So often we wear expectation, judgment and impatience like an impenetrable shell - both on our yoga mat and off. Turtles symbolically represent longevity and wisdom and remind us to move peacefully and thoughtfully. Kind, consistent encouragement is essential to our personal transformation. And with kurmasana, as in life, it’s the journey and not the destination that matters. As the story goes, “slow and steady wins the race.”