The Life Cycle of Bekasana

This summery week in Vermont is epitomized by a chorus of chirping tree frogs amid the humming flight of cicadas.  Everything is in flux and nothing in bound to last into the night.  Much the same can be said about bekasana – an expressive yet short-lived segment of the Intermediate Series canon.  Tonight, I’ll offer you a characteristically brief reflection on the inner workings of frog pose.

A tree frog spotted in Charlotte, VT


Appearing immediately after the aptly named locust pose, frog pose is as well-poised in the sequence as the amphibious predator it emulates.  The downward abdomen lifting principles explored previously are further accentuated by pushing one’s feet to the floor with internally rotated hips.   For me, I place my thumbs against the arches of my feet (left panel), then send these feet downwards as I rotate my palms to press firmly against them (right panel).

It is through this springy engagement of my arms and legs that the frog proverbially devours all traces of the locust that came before it.  Similar to the short-lived existence of the cicada, the frog pose feels like its life cycle elapses before it even had the chance to began.  After five breaths in the posture, bekasana is released, feeding into a series of dramatic bends, lifts, and twists.


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