Deconstruction is the new way to present food on a plate.
Lately, I feel it describes our poses on the mat. Peel them back, body part by body part, what are we trying to achieve, what do you want from the pose, where to feel it, where to work more or less. Therefore we are deconstructing the pose.
Place the body in a different position and ‘reconstruct’ the pose from there. Ah, now it begins to make sense. If you can’t engage and straighten your legs into a stretch when you are lying on the floor, then it makes sense that you won’t be able to engage and straighten your legs in a forward bend whether seated or standing. Learn to read your body.
Yoga teaches us so much more about flexibility – we thought we came into yoga for flexibility of the body; soon we realize that flexibility of the mind is equally important.
The examples for this are coming to us thick and fast from Aeroplane pose and Diving pose – both from the sequence “Dance of the Spine”.
Do what you can, enjoy what you do. Change your practice when you need to.