Why does it matter so much to be able to backbend or bind in Mari D or whatever it is we are trying to learn at any given time?
And it does matter. If it didn’t, we wouldn’t talk about it so much. We wouldn’t write about it so much. We wouldn’t read books about it. We wouldn’t bother going to see a teacher for asana lessons. We wouldn’t become teachers because we wouldn’t understand why it matters to anyone else either.
But why? Why does it matter?
Well, it does FEEL good, physically, to be able to make a bind in some poses. And I don’t just mean difficult binding poses like Mari D and Pasasana, etc. I mean, even grabbing the big toe in Trikonasana feels better than NOT grabbing the big toe.
When I see someone in Kapotasana with hands on heels, or someone in Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana with the sole of the foot curled around their own head, it looks so satisfying. It looks like the hand, or foot, as the case may be, was just meant to be there. It’s like the heel was designed as a hand rest. And the sole of the foot, designed to curve elegantly around the head.
The way the arm gets into position for a bound twist, the way the legs curl around the arms for Bujapidasana, the way the legs find their way to the arms in Bakasana B – when you get it right, it feels like hitting the sweet spot of a tennis racket. Whoomp – right into place.
But there’s more than that. There must be ego involved. If there weren’t, then there would be no reason for the whole line of comments on my most recent backbending post.