Full Frog | 14 Days of Peace
From Travis Kā’eo
An in-depth look into practice
Full Frog, or Mandukāsana, is an intense pose of external rotation in your hips. The intensity of this posture provides an opportunity to sit where you are – as you are.
So often we move to control our experience. For instance, if you are in an uncomfortable situation, our natural instinct is to remove ourselves rather than sit through the discomfort. However, in avoiding the discomfort we rob ourselves of the insights that experience had to offer – we short changed ourselves in a way.
This is a practice, everything you find on your mat relates to life off of you mat and at a greater sense, your infinite self. If you can sit with the an unfamiliar feeling in your body you begin to understand it. If you can sit with confusion in your mind, you begin to understand that too.
We are beings of limitless potential and to confine our potential to only what feels good, happy or comfortable is not to honor the entire spectrum of feeling and experience available to us.
Tap into all parts of who you are – physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Only then can you release the need to control your experience and rest in the understanding that it is all as it should be and you are exactly where you should be.
If we take this understanding onto our mat it becomes clear that it does not matter what the posture ultimately looks like, for in the philosophy of yoga our eyes do nothing but keep us in illusion. It only matters what the posture feels like – and your capacity to sit with that feeling.
This pose may feel amazing, it may feel uncomfortable, or it may not matter what it feels like, because your only calling is to experience it as it is. Release the urge to control it and turn it into what you think it should be – and just sit with what is.
- Extended Child’s Pose (Utthita Balāsana)
- Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Śvanāsana)
- Ragdoll (Uttānāsana)
- Garland Pose (Malāsana)
- Mountain Pose (Tādāsana)
- Low Cobra (Bhujañgāsana)
- Crescent Lunge (Anjañeyāsana)
- Warrior II (Vīrabhadrāsana B)
- Wide Leg Forward Fold (Prasārita Pādottānāsana)
- Chair Pose (Utkatāsana)