Sometimes we think our way into the asana (yoga posture) but that thinking is a bit flawed. Either because we don’t really have a good understanding of the purpose of the pose, how it relates to our own needs, or when and how to make a modification that still keeps the integrity of the posture.
Detailing the yoga posture should not be about fitting oneself into someone else’s idealized picture of what that pose should look like. Detailing the posture should, must, include the anatomy, physiology and need of the individual. Being attuned to self care is primary within any yoga practice.
What should always be present is the purpose of the pose, how that purpose full fills the need of the practitioner, and whether there is need for modification to bring the best possible use of that posture to the student. Attempting to conform the body or mind to a yoga pose that does not serve the student could result in future dis-ease and dis-comfort. Learning from a trusted and well informed teacher will help you find the best form of the pose for you.