Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Yoga Pose Wednesday

Welcome to the third edition of yoga pose wednesday. It's also national running day!! How exciting!! So... if you're planning on doing any of the Rock'n'Roll races (minus vegas) make sure to register today for a discount!

On to yoga, today, I'm going to talk about another common pose, well, it's actually a pose used in a flow style class so this week, I'll focus on one of the poses, next week, the next and then put them together in the series. This was also Lululemon's pose on Instagram this week:

Chaturanga Dandasana or Four Limbed Staff Pose and that is a literal translation. Chatur: four, Anga: limbed, Danda: Staff

The benefits of this pose are that it increase both inner and outer strength, balance and stability. This pose is used in a Vinyasa Style class and when a teacher says flow through, they mean this:

1. Start in Plank Pose or High Push up:

Shoulders are down and back, you should feel them pushing together... hips are lifted, core is tight, and heels are pushing back towards the wall. The fronts of the lower legs are engaged as well as the quadriceps. 

2. Lower to Chaturanga Dandasana

modified for beginners 

to add difficulty

3. you will then flow through to upper facing dog and downward facing dog... I will discuss up dog later 


*I am not a certified yoga teacher (yet) so this is just information I've gather from class. I do not pretend to know everything about these poses so please attend a class with a knowledgeable teacher to learn more about it


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