This is one of my own personal favorites, not easy to get into and out of but you really feel it working to increase the range of motion you have in the upper back (extension) and shoulders (flexion). Great for helping you finding comfort in yoga postures that require those sorts of openings such as Kapotasana, Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Facing Wheel) and Pincha Mayurasana (forearm balance).
This posture comes near the beginning of the Ashtanga Primary Series seated postures. This posture can be super comfy for some and for others you feel like you are falling sideways and can’t find a nice seat. In this episode of Asana School we look at the posture through an anatomical lens and explore some of the reasons behind why you might find this posture challenging.
Seemingly appropriate for almost any situation the interpretation, intended or perceived, may vary from ‘well it’s almost identical, it’s just a fake’ to ‘really it’s nothing like what you are asking for at all, but perhaps it will do’. It is one of my favorite sayings, sitting perfectly alongside the lovely Thai people. As I travel around the world teaching workshops in yoga anatomy, it is not the volumes of anatomical texts that bubble across my consciousness but this simple phrase and how we might explore our human potential with the concepts that percolate through it.
I remember seeing this image and thinking it looked like Mark was floating. And then I thought about how hard it is to do Mayurasana let alone to balance on one arm like that. So of course when I caught up with Mark in Goa recently I just had to find out how to do it. Knowing is one thing and doing is quite another. Good luck with this one 🙂
Do you practice in a country where mosquitoes are prevalent? There is often a problem with mosquitoes when you are trying to meditate in Asia. You don’t want to put chemical repellent on your skin or breath in the smoke from a coil so you are left with citronella or your own mini mosquito net which can cause over heating. Not much bigger than my fingernail. I spend most of my time in Asia so was delighted when I stumbled across this amazing species of frog
Anyone who is suffering from chronic pain is already saying “what is this idiot talking about?” Having suffered my own fair share of severe pain, I must say I would gladly have murdered that friend and buried it at the bottom of the garden. In this article we will focus on acute pain, the type of pain that may arise during your practice or within the subsequent day or so. We will endeavor to explore the common situations that may…