I was exceedingly proud of myself for being able to thread my arms through my lotus and successfully roll in a circle for garbha pindasana. That was until I discovered that I was threading my right arm through at the wrong part of my lotus. My teacher stopped me just as I was beginning to roll backwards. She just laughed when I said, “Ahhhh. No wonder my right arm was so far away from my ear.”
However, the correct spot to thread my arm through seemed to be absent from MY lotus. I began reworking my lotus – tightening it up so that it doesn’t fall apart at the seams when arms are finding the space between the calf and thigh.
I found out, the hard way, that it is better to interlace your fingers around your lotus rather than rotating one arm in to lock your hands. A few times doing this earned me a nice bruise on my inner wrist.
Apparently, that is also NOT the right way to do it either. So I continue to work on it — daily within my practice and other times too.
I have found that it is possible for me to achieve: skin does indeed become slippery when wet. Albeit encouraging, this does not mean that I can regularly get there during my daily practice. I must continue to do the work of opening my hips and ankles in order to find space for my arms.
Still… this gives me hope that I won’t always have it all wrong.
Some day, I may just get it right.