I was asked HOW I get into #sideplank#vasisthasana so here is a quick demo. Right from the start, align the base wrist under the shoulder & spread the fingers. I’ve entered with a bent knee to show the lift & extension. The base hand pushes the floor away while the rising leg is fully engaged & “pulls up” the other arm & chest. Press down in the base foot to further lift the hips & turn up the gaze. Keep the neck long (shoulder away from ear) and try to create the longest possible line between the 2 arms. Continue to lift up & out while staying firm in the base hand & foot. This should allow you to feel more solid with the balance. I absolutely love how this pose makes me feel so LOOONG & it’s one of my faves!! 😂💖 @cyoungo Hope this helps!! 😘#yogisofinstagram #yogagirl#keeppracticing#yogalove#yogaeverydamnday#balance#takeyourtime#fly 🎉✌🏼
🐝🕸🧗🏽♀️ Day 2️⃣4️⃣ of #gravityissues with ➡️ #visvamitrasana🧗🏽♀️🕸🐝 Remember on day 10 we did a Bird of Paradise variant holding onto the upper toes? Today’s pose is less about balance (we have the hand and foot versus just the foot 2 weeks ago), but it’s more about strength. An immediate way to enter it is from Side Angle, slide the arm under its leg, shift the weight onto the back foot so the front start to fly, ‘cover’ it from the top with opposite hand, then start to twist and pass the body through the arm-leg loop you’re creating, turning the gaze towards the ceiling and straightening the legs as much as possible. A couple of tips to help you get ahead could be: 1) micro bend the base elbow to make a little ‘shelf’ and rest the leg as high on the arm as possible; 2) press with the outer edge of the base foot into the floor to lift the hips higher (center of gravity will go higher) and you’ll feel lighter as you hold; 3) the more active the legs the easier to stay; 4) find the right hand-foot distance, if you start too close or too far, the readjustment itself will consume a lot of your energy and will likely affect the overall shape. Also, check out if need to stagger them a bit, so they’re not exactly on the same line (eventually they will). Try it once with the back knee down, lower your gaze and see how/where you placed the foundation. Repeat a similar version with the knee up. Use a strap if necessary so the twist can happen clearly and you can feel the stretch all along the side of the body, from the armpit and shoulder, all the way to the base little toe. Expand those ribs and fill the lungs up completely. More stretchy ideas coming up tomorrow, stay tuned and have a great #practice! . Practice at home with me on vimeo.com/cyogalife or check out my traveling schedule at cyogalife.com. #keeppracticing . . . . . #gravityissues#visvamitrasana🧗🏽♀️🕸🐝 #practice!