In part 6 of the Sun Salutation series we take a closer look at the landing and lowering down into chaturanga dandasana after jumping or stepping back. As usual, we want to set up patterns that help us evolve in our practice.
Now that we have established some hand foundation in Part 4 of this sun salutation series, let me say something really obvious. If you don’t pour all of the weight into your hands before you try to jump back, it’s going to be difficult to get your feet off the floor. It will literally make your legs heavier.
There is no better place to start discussing yoga adjustments than with what initially creates our desire to adjust or assist a student in a yoga posture.
Part 4 of the Sun Salutation Series explores the small but important movement of “looking up” after folding forward. There are a couple of key pieces here to consider for opening the hamstrings and planting the seed of handstands.
In part 3 of the Sun Salutation series we look at the forward fold that happens after you raise your arms in the air. Should we bend the knees or not?
Sun Salutations are a vital part of any system of yoga. In this part of the series I will break down the seemingly simple action that brings your arms over your head.
Sun Salutations are a vital part of any system of yoga. In this series I will break down all of the pieces and movements of Sun Salutations with some anatomical reasoning.
The inspiration for this month’s article comes from a question posed in an email. The question, from Catherine, asks specifically about keeping the feet straight in a yoga dropback. For those of you not sure what a drop back is… it’s when you stand at the front of your mat and drop into a backbend.
I’ve been hearing for years that we should flex our foot in various yoga postures where we have our knees bent at ninety degrees or more. More recently I’ve received two seperate emails regarding the application of this technique to lotus posture. Should the foot be flexed or extended in padmasana? It’s time I throw in my own two-cents on this topic. As many of you know, I’m for whatever works. If it helps when you flex your foot, then the answer is flex your foot. But why does this work? Is it necessary?
This is a play off an article I wrote for the newsletter back in May. That one was titled Your Shoulders in Downward Facing Dog. There are perhaps as many variations in what we are told to do with our shoulders in upward facing dog and it is sometimes just as confusing for students.