Kandasana (Knotted Root Pose) registers as 39* on BKS Iyengar’s 60* scale of difficulty.
Iyengar says, “As the pelvic and other joints of the leg are rotated, it takes a long time to master the pose.” My guess is that it probably takes about 20 years to master Kandasana. Look at Iyengar’s legs! Wowzers!
Iyengar starts in Baddha Konasana, with his feet splayed open like a book – the soles of his feet facing up. I’m still working on this most preliminary stage. Until my feet completely open, I’m not ready to start drawing my feet toward my navel.
If you, like me, are puzzled by the physical possibility of Kandasana, remember: working toward Kandasana is a slow, step by step, process. It may take years! Shoot, it may not happen! In the meantime, enjoy the steps along the way – the gradual unfurling of your feet, the subtle opening of your hips, and the expansive patience generated through this practice.