Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Half Pyramid Pose (Ardha Parsvottanasana)




Stretches the spine, shoulders, hips and hamstrings
Strengthens the legs
Improves balance
Stimulates abdominal organs and improves digestion
Calms the brain

*Should not be practiced in case of back injury.  Modify pose for high blood pressure.

We begin in Mountain Pose.  As with Warrior 1, step one leg back, about a leg length, turning the foot out 45 degrees.  Keep your torso and hips facing the front of the mat. Take your arms  behind your back with your hands in prayer position (or hold onto your elbows, or place your hands on your hips), inhale and lengthen the spine.  On an exhale begin to fold forward bringing your torso parallel to the floor.

From here you can place the finger tips on the floor (or blocks or a chair or press into a wall). Keep the legs strong and the torso long.  In the full expression of this pose the torso comes down to rest on the front leg.

Hold here for a few breaths.  To release, slightly bend the front knee and come back to standing.  Step forward into Mountain Pose and repeat on the other side.

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