Today’s model is Sir Rascus of the Lego Knights’ Kingdom. Rascus is associated with the monkey and all that is rascally. He stands out among his fellow knights for being a daring acrobat, and we are pleased to have him demonstrating this sun salutation sequence for us.
Rascus has his visor up, all four corners of his big, flat feet grounded into the floor, and he seems pretty confident that he’s the best looking guy in the shala this morning.
Inhale, arms up! Okay, Rascus has some tight shoulders, he can’t get his palms together over his head, but he’s worked out a pretty good compromise pose here and his posture looks great. Due to a neck injury he received fighting the evil Lord Vladek, Rascus has a blue plastic post attaching his head to his torso and is unable to tip his head back and get a nice stretch in his throat muscles. But no sense in pushing it and reinjuring the area.
Whoops! That exhale and forward bend tipped Rascus right onto his toes.
Inhale halfway back up and, okay, keep your knees bent to take some of the pressure off your lower back.
Exhale. Nice jump back, fella! We’re going to have to talk about that visor flipping up and down over your face all the time.
And come down to chaturanga. Still exhaling? Good. You’re a little rigid, I think your right foot is off the ground entirely.
Inhale up! Nice strong arms and legs, guy.
Exhale. Nice. Stay here for five breaths. Heels on the floor? Fantastic.
Inhale and jump forward, head up . . . okay, modifying, whatever works, you’re doing a terrific job for a plastic action figure with only ten points of articulation.
Exhale and bend forward. As much as you can.
Inhale up! And your shoulder broke. Well, that’s a bummer.
Exhale and arms down. Thank you and nice work, Rascus, but don’t get too cocky, you still have to do this four more times before we move on to Suryanamaskar B.