Patience in your yoga journey - Visvamitrasana Practice
I am loving the journey of setting a goal and going after it. My Master Raj has challenged me to start working on Visvamitrasana..... I still have very tight hamstrings so am going to work through releasing these more and more each day, to finally get the elongation through the legs with strength and power that is needed for this asana. A lot of the strength comes from the core, but getting that leg straight is a challenge.
To enter Visvamitrasana from Lizard pose (left leg forward), brace your left shoulder against your inner left thigh and ground your left hand directly beneath the shoulder. Keep the upper arm bone hugging tightly into the shoulder socket so that your shoulderblade is flat against your back; this will protect and stabilize the shoulder as you find your balance. Straighten your right leg and roll onto the inner edge of your right foot, then press the entire sole of the foot into the ground. Finally, feeling grounded in the left hand and right foot, lift the left foot from the floor, grab the outer edge of the foot with the right hand, and straighten the left leg, revolving the body open. Gaze down for added stability, or gaze up for maximum openness.
Named after an ambitious king who transformed himself into a yogic sage, Visvamitrasana is a complex asana: It’s an arm balance, hip opener, shoulder opener, hamstring stretch, and twist, all in one. As you practice it, you’ll notice—just as I did with surfing—that you start by focusing on separate parts of your body, which inhibits your balance, rhythm, and flow. But with dedication, all of the seemingly separate parts and actions will come together, and the energy of the asana will come alive.
- Builds awareness of the body working as a whole
- Opens the side waist and torso
- Strengthens the upper body, wrists, and legs
- Stretches the outer hips and deep gluteal muscles
- Wrist injuries
- Hamstring injuries
- Sacroiliac injuries
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