phantoms_siren: Zathras Good At Doings, Not Understandings (Zathras Good At Doings)
I originally started yoga with the Wii Fit program. I had always been told that I fell down so much because I had bad balance (I had a litany of ear problems as a child and am still partially deaf) and that I shouldn't do yoga or anything like that as my poor balance would make it dangerous.

Interestingly the Wii Fit proved rather quickly that I actually have pretty good balance, despite my poor body condition. I've since decided I'm just hopelessly clumsy.

Anyway the poses on the Wii Fit are a bit strange. I always struggled with "Triangle" pose and used to get really annoyed that I couldn't get it right when everyone said it was a relatively easy pose. Imagine how frustrated I was to learn months later that what they called "Triangle" was actually Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose) and harder than the starting pose.

After Wii Fit I moved on to My Fitness Coach: Get In Shape, which has the benefit of having a linked flowing workout rather than stand alone poses. Though it was problematic with the lack of spoken instructions and not progressing through poses at the speed I wanted. Through that program I got used to a lot of the basic yoga poses (though some were referred to by odd names, like the "monkey" pose, which seems a bit like Ardha Uttanasana but certainly wasn't Hanumanasana).

I have no real problem with Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle) and I can usually get into Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose) if I'm having a good day. Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose) is actually easier for me than either of the others, probably because bending one leg takes some of the stress off my tight thighs/hips.

However, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose) flummoxed me. I know there are different versions- hand to the floor, hands in prayer position and the "bound" version which frankly looks terrifying. Somehow I epically failed to make it into any of them, my body was fine but finding a stable point on my feet was impossible, I basically tipped forward onto my face no matter what I did. I suspect my feet aren't shaped right for this pose.

Annoyingly, Garudasana (eagle pose) with just one foot on the floor? Not an issue. So why am I falling on my face when I have three points of contact with the floor?


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