Surge capacity is a collection of adaptive systems — mental and physical — that humans draw on for short-term survival in acutely stressful situations, such as natural disasters. But natural disasters occur over a short period, even if recovery is long. Pandemics are different — the disaster itself stretches out indefinitely.
“The pandemic has demonstrated both what we can do with surge capacity and the limits of surge capacity,” says Masten. When it’s depleted, it has to be renewed. But what happens when you struggle to renew it because the emergency phase has now become chronic?
Class Focus: strong leg work to open hips and give us external rotation for some huge hip openings. This sexy flow moves us across the mat with leg circles, rainbows, curtsy snaps and handstand hops. Peak it up to Yantrasana (compass pose) on the side body balancing.
Eka Pada Koundinyasana