Our Pose of the week will get your body (and your tongue) in a twist with Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana
Downward Facing Dog, or Adho Mukha Svanasana, is an absolute go-to pose if you want to prepare for many other poses. If you go to a class, you’re sure to get instructed in to a down dog at one point or another. This is because it truly does wonders for many parts of the body.
Downward Facing Dog stretches the shoulders, hamstrings and calves. It energises the body and helps to wake up your hands and the arches in your feet. This pose strengthens your arms and your legs and is said to help with fatigue and back pain. It also calms the nervous system and could help to relieve menstrual pain / discomfort when practiced with the head supported.
So with all the above reasons and many more, it’s a great idea to know how to practice it safely so that you really can reap all the benefits. Read further for a step by step guide how to practice this pose safely.
Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.
As a follow on from the challenge of Chaturanga Dandasana, it’s only natural to talk about Upwards Facing Dog. Here we will explain the benefits to the pose and how to safely practice your Up Dog in class and at home.
“It doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go – what does matter is who you are when you get there” – Max Strom
Whether it’s a lovely sunny day for you to practice or not, Natarajasana is a beautiful, majestic standing balance and a deep backbend that strengthens the legs and the core whilst stretching your thighs, hip flexors, chest, shoulders and arms. Natarajasana also helps you to improve your sense of balance.
“Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior”
Carl Von Clausewitz
Read below for step by step instructions how to practice Warrior One, aka Virabhadrasana 1
“Surrender also takes bravery”
Read below for step by step instructions for practicing Warrior 2 as our Pose of the Week.