Posture of the WEEK!

Happy Thursday to all you out there!

I thought it would be fun to do a yoga posture of the week post!  If you guys dig it, let me know and we can make it a thing, mkay?

For this week I thought we would look at Bird Of Paradise posture, or  Svarga Dvidasana as they say in India.  This posture can look rather intimidating and un-approachable, but it really isn’t!  Come see.  I will show you.

To begin, I think it is best to get yourself into warrior two;

You should lunge better than me though.

From here, lean your upper body forward and come into extended side angle, with your bottom arm thread underneath your front thigh, and your top arm grasping your bottom wrist behind your back.  This is bound extended side angle or Baddha utthita parsvakonasana;

Extend through the crown of yo head!

Next, with one large heft, or several little hefts, bring your back foot to the front of your mat to meet your front foot, keeping your arms bound.

I know, you don't have to tell me. This looks super sweet.

Then, begin to shift your weight onto the leg that is not bound, and slowly lift your toes of the bound leg off of the mat.

This was one really hard shot to get. Hope you appreciate it.

Now using all the strength that you have in your abs and legs, rise yourself up to a standing position, bringing your bound leg up with you, keeping the bind of course;

Staring at the floor helps. For serious, it does.

Then all that is left to do is extend your bound leg up into air!

Make them toes yoga toes!!

So there you have it.  How to get into Bird of Paradise.  This posture is AMAZING for core strength, shoulder and hip opening and balance.  It is nice to build confidence too!

So what do you think?  Want to make this a weekly thing?  What postures do you want dissected?

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