Thursday, 3 November 2016

Garland Pose (Malasana)




Tones the belly
Stretches the ankles, groin and back

* Should not be practiced in case of knee or lower back injury

To enter this pose, squat with your feet as close together as possible.  Take your thighs wider than your torso and lean the torso between them.  Press your elbows against the inside of your knees and bring your hands together at heart center.  Your knees should be resisting the elbows, and your torso should be long.

This is one of my favourite poses - in fact, I would prefer to sit like this than on a chair!  But I know squatting isn't for everyone.  If it's not comfortable for you modify the pose accordingly.  If your heels don't want to stay on the floor you can support them with a folded blanket.  If squatting is uncomfortable for you support yourself with a chair or stool or cushions.  Be gentle with yourself.  Remember it's a practice!

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