“On the second day of yoga, my guru gave to me…
2 turtle poses and
a Hanuman in a coconut tree.”
Kurmasana or tortoise pose has recently made my list of favorite “go to” poses. You know the story about the Tortoise and the Hare and that slow and steady wins the race. During this time of year, I’m happy if I finish the “race.” Kurmasana reminds me to bring my attention inward. It requires me to surrender. It requires me to stay strong and to trust that my body will get there when it’s ready to get there (just like the Tortoise in the race).
What I love most about this pose is that it reminds me of the ocean. I feel like a giant green sea turtle bobbing up and down to the rhythm of the waves. I fold in and surrender to the pose. I hear my ujjayi breath echo the sounds of the ocean as if I had a huge conch shell pressed up against my ear. When my worries and concerns get washed away, I drift back onto shore and crawl out of my shell.