Looking to open your hips, shoulders, and hamstrings? Maybe get a good oblique stretch while you are at it? Then compass pose is a one-stop shop for you. Just like any other pose in yoga, the goal is not to get there—it is to enjoy the journey. Relish each new opening as it happens; be present to notice when a different part of you decides to let go—the process is amazing!
When playing around with compass, take time to do all of the prep poses and open your body up so that when it is ready to find north and south in compass, it will. (Or maybe it will find south and northeast—it doesn’t matter!) Don’t worry about straightening out your limbs— they will get there when they are good and ready. Enjoy the exploration.