I (Chris) took a long time to learn chaturanga dandasana, like Richard is demonstrating in the picture.
I thought it was a pose that men found easy due to their upper body strength, and therefore I was always likely to struggle with it. I was a tad resigned… at least in my mind!
I read every book about the posture, and asked some leading teachers. Then one day in Pune, in a Geeta class, I saw Warrior One demonstrated. In the process, I realised that Chaturanga was about using the base of the spine, with much less use of the shoulders.
Among other things, it is a good example of how a teacher can contribute to you in ways you never realise.
It is good example how mindset can limit you, or empower you.
Good yoga is a physical and mental combination.