Are My Arms Too Short To Bind Marichyasana D And Supta Kurmasana?

April 9, 2024

Transcript of: Are my arms too short to bind Marichyasana D, supta kurmasana, and pindasana?

Hey everyone! This is David Keil answering this month’s question of the month. Of course, if you’ve got one, just go to yoganatomy.com/myquestion and I’ll answer it for you. This one comes from Saraswathy. She asks whether her arms are too short to bind poses like Marichyasana D, supta kurmasana, and pindasana.

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The Question:

I feel my arms are too short and I’m therefore unable to bind in Marichyasana D, supta kurmasana, and pindasana. I’m able to do Mari A, B, and C and also ardha baddha padmottanasana as well as baddha padmasana. [In] the last two I am helped by my long legs. What advice do you have for me?

The Answer:

Based on what you’ve written—and you know, I’m not seeing you, not seeing whether your arms just feel short or they actually are too short to bind. I also don’t necessarily know the technique that you are specifically applying to your Marichyasana D and your supta kurmasana. But usually, if you can bind in a Marichyasana B, you can bind in a Marichyasana D, because you’re also able to bind in C. So the twisting is probably there. Technique-wise, of course, Marichyasana D is the hardest. I mean, on my tight side, it probably took me two and a half or three years from the time I started to bind that on my own. Forget grabbing my wrist! It took me a while.

Pindasana binding technique

So anyway, the other thing you mention is pindasana. So, I’ll give you a quick tip in pindasana. And, this will also help you determine whether or not your arms are too short to bind, potentially—or at least be a piece of it. So in pindasana, what I often see is most people try to bind around their knees. In other words, out here on the ends of their knees. Try sliding your arms down a little bit more towards your thighs and see if that helps you get pindasana. Okay? Instead of trying to go around the widest area, go around the narrowest.

Marichyasana D technique

In terms of Marichyasana D, the single most important piece—I’m going to assume your lotus is okay. You can sit up more or less tall and hold yourself up. Based on those assumptions, you then have to get your armpit to your bent knee—armpit to knee—before you try to bind, turn, wrap your hand around, or anything. Otherwise, it can feel like your arms are too short to bind.

Supta kurmasana technique

In these types of poses—it’s also true in supta kurmasana—you have to really drop that shoulder. And again, if you’re crossing your legs first in supta kurmasana, remember those knees have a tendency to fall out and make for a wider range that you have to wrap your arms around. So, it’s not that your knees aren’t going to fall out. But, depending on where you’re trying to lift your arms up to, you want to be closer to your bottom, closer to your buttocks. Okay? Because that’s less distance to wrap around.

A summary of binding techniques

So, in Marichyasana D, armpit to knee. In supta kurmasana, don’t try to bring your arm really high up on your back when you go to bind. Think lower. And, you can even—after you’ve crossed your feet, I mean depending on how you’re getting into it, which I don’t know, but I’m just going to guess that you’re crossing your feet first—engage your adductors so your knees squeeze in a little bit extra before you try to wrap arm number one around and arm number two around. Okay? In pindasana, go below the knee, and go more towards the thigh. All these techniques can help alleviate that feeling that your arms are too short to bind.

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Hey! If you’re watching this Saraswathy, try these things and either put a comment in the video down below or send me another email. Okay? Alright everyone! Saraswathy, I hope that helped. Anyone else, if you’ve got a question, I will do my best to answer it here by going to yoganatomy.com/myquestion.