💃#Natarajasana ↔ #LordoftheDance Pose or #KingDancerPose on 👉@yogaalignment
#yogasequence with @catvaladezyoga 👈
Who doesn't love this pose?! There are many variations of #dancerpose, but frankly the alignment concerns I'm highlighting here for the #overachieversguidetoyoga show up in all variations. Interested in deepening your expression and understanding of #natarajasana? Listen up. 🤓
So first... this is a split-leg backbend and balance pose. That's obvious. In every split-leg backbend you have splits. Again, obvious. What's at risk in terms of alignment then is the back knee turning out and the back outer hip lifting, because this is the shortcut to greater lift in the back leg, and this is overachiever behavior. 😏 For this pose, many of us also forget completely that there's a backbend--we tend to focus on leaning forward and lifting the back leg as high as possible.
Check out the right photo: my leg does appear to be higher. But is my backbend deeper in comparison to the photo on the left? Nope. I'm not lifting the chest enough.
So what you want is to find the balance, then drive your heart and back leg hip FORWARD. The back inner thigh rotates in and up, the back shin works upwards with the knee in line with your hip. This is what creates a deeper backbend. It is also safer to backbend with minimal twist in the spine (especially the lumbar). All this requires more strength and cultivates greater stability in your balancing backbend.
If you're working toward the full overhead grip in Dancer, pay attention to squaring the hips and heart, creating the lift in the upper back and back leg from THERE. Aligning to deepen the the split is your ticket to greater depth. 🤗
So keep practicing! Comment below if you've got questions or concerns. I'm always open to hearing your feedback. 🙏💗 #yogaalignment #improveyourpractice #dancerpose #dancerspose #yogadancer