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the cobbler posture (baddha konāsana) is sometimes called the butterfly.

sit (use a block if it helps) with your knees bent and feet on the floor. connect with your spine as you curl out your long back over your bent legs, wrapping your arms around them – see how you feel – take your time. then opening upwards, let your knees drop out to the sides, thighs relaxing.

as your spine unravels upwards like an antenna, the soles of your feet come together and you can rest your hands on your ankles as you sit upright.

easing – stay lightly – breathe softly.

returning – your knees come together again as you roll forward lengthening your curving spine. curling, extending, not slumping or sleeping. stay awhile.


look for the delicacy in the skin on the soles of your feet – the life in your spine – soft hands on your ankles – soft breath …

from Spring Azures by Mary Oliver

Sometimes the great bones of my life feel so heavy,
and all the tricks my body knows—
the opposable thumbs, the kneecaps,
and the mind clicking and clicking—

don’t seem enough to carry me through this world
and I think: how I would like

to have wings—
blue ones—
ribbons of flame.

How I would like to open them, and rise
from the black rain water.