Aug 24, 2012

Think like a snail

Words to remember as I embark on Kurmasana and Supta Kurmasana:

Climb Mount Fuji,
O snail,
but slowly, slowly.

BKS Iyengar in Supta Kurmasana (Sleeping Tortoise Pose)
A pose like Supta Kurmasana seems to be all about humility, no? Which is why I guess I think of Issa, whose haikus often reference small bugs and animals, addressing them like old friends. The humility of his posture in the self-portrait below is beautiful—and inspiring, I think:

Kobayashi Issa (1783-1827),
a self-portrait


JCarr said...

This is a beautiful little collection of three. The poem, the photo of Iyengar and the self-portrait by Issa. They all are so related to the snail, in the inward-turning forms that also spiral, making me think that spirals are interesting because they move inwards, but also imply a "through" direction if you think of a spiral as what you see when you look into a tunnel, for example. Because spirals have no end. That is why, I guess, they can be used as the visual clue to a flashback, such as in old TV shows. The spiral, which seems to go only inward on first looking, can also be seen as going backward, or forward.