Posture Clinic - Warrior 1

Technique: Flex the front knee till the front thigh is parallel to the floor and the front shin perpendicular to the floor, forming a right angle between the front thigh and the calf. The bent knee should not extend beyond the ankle, but should be in line with the heel. Stretch out the back leg and tighten the thigh muscles just above the knee. The face, chest and front knee should face the same way as the front foot, as illustrated. Throw the head up, stretch the spine from the base of the spine and gaze at the joined palms. Excerpted from Light on Yoga - B.K.S Iyengar. Foot Position: The foot position is the foundation of the pose. Imagine your back foot is glued to your mat and do not lif

Weekly Wisdom - The Magic of Dancer Pose

The cosmic couple of Hinduism, Shiva and his wife Parvati, were the ultimate yogis and spent most of their time practising together. Shiva once challenged Parvati to a dance contest. Parvati had to imitate all Shiva's poses and she could perform them all as perfectly and gracefully as he could. So, in order to tease her, he took the difficult posture known as urdhva-thandava (urdhva loosely meaning upward; thandava is the divine dance). In this pose Shiva lifted his right leg straight above his head. Parvati was unable to imitate this posture so she responded with an equally beautiful feminine pose. The wildness in Shiva was always tamed by Parvati’s exquisite beauty and charm - The Puranas.

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