About Bird of Paradise
Unless you're a gardener, you might think a pose called Bird of Paradise would reference the shape or flight of a tropical bird. However, plant afficionados know that Bird of Paradise is actually a kind of flower.
This beautiful, unique flower has spiked petals that resemble an exotic bird's feathers - hence the name.
It stands to reason that a yoga pose that pays tribute to this flower would also be beautiful and unique. It is clear that the lines of the body and extended leg emulate the lines of this particular flower.
But the parallels to the flower are not just in the shape of the pose - they also extend to the energy and emotions that are evoked by practicing and seeing this wonderful pose. Just as a flower must bloom at its own pace and is no less beautiful in its early budding form, so too must this pose unfurl at an unforced and calm manner. And if one of the "bud" pose variations is where you're at in your practice today, it is no less spectacular than the fully bloomed pose.
The flower garden metaphor can apply to your yoga practice and indeed your whole life. Tend your garden with patience and care, and in time you will be rewarded with the fruits of your labor.
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It is very important that you have a loose bind with your hands in the right place so that your chest has the ability to turn, your leg can be in alignment to straighten, and you have enough power and mobility to stand upright and maintain your balance.