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Oct 1st

Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance)

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IMG_4927Dancers have the ability to cultivate grace and ease while confidently spinning around and making leaps across the floor. They are able to do this as a result of practicing inner focus, while training their bodies to be flexible, strong and balanced. Lord of the Dance pose is a great pose to tap into your most creative, strong, balanced self, thus bringing abundance. Not only is this pose a back bend but a heart opener. When we work with heart openers and back bends we start to clear out any junk in the heart center leaving it wide open, ready to receive and cultivate all the good stuff! 

Directions:

Start out on mountain pose.

Rock forward and back on the balls of your feet and heels to root down and find your balance.

On your next inhale, bend the right knee bringing the heel to the buttocks and reach your right hand to right ankle drawing the knee to your standing leg. Once balanced allow the top of the foot to rest in the palm of the hand.

Inhale lift your left arm overhead.

Exhale start to press right foot into palm, lift the heart center and lean forward slightly.

Variations:

Use a strap or scarf. Place around your right foot. Grab the strap with your right hand and lift up as you draw your elbow to your ear.

Next option is take  both hands to the strap our scarf and keep lifting.

Benefits:

  • Stretches the shoulders and chest
  • Stretches the thighs, groins, and abdomen
  • Strengthens the legs and ankles
  • Improves balance

– Benefits from Yoga Journal

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