‘I walk slowly but never backwards’
Kurmasana (tortoise pose) is an intense forward fold that shuts out sensory distractions and quiets the nervous system. According to B.K.S. Iyengar in Light on Yoga, “Kurmasana tones the spine, activates the abdominal organs, and keeps one energetic and healthy.” Additionally, the posture “soothes the nerves of the brain,” he says, “and after completing it one feels refreshed, as though one had woken up from a long undisturbed sleep.”
Pratyahara, the fifth limb of yoga. Often referred to as the “withdrawal of the senses from outside objects”, Pratyahara entails cultivating our inner life consistently and deliberately—through disciplined practice and periods of retreat—so we can participate with and through our senses more consciously and skillfully.
Tortoise wisdom is to teach us to walk our path in peace, sticking to it with determination and serenity, slow steady move on earth. If you dream of a turtle you may be encouraged to take a break from your busy life and look within yourself for more grounding, long lasting solutions.
Do this pose when you feel overwhelmed by many commitments, need to problem solve and for relaxation