My variation for today’s pose; titled, ‘This is as good as it gets.’ #myankleshurt #mykneeshurt
Repost from @cyogalife using @RepostRegramApp - 🏔 🏁💊 Day 1️⃣1️⃣ of #OverTheCounterYoga with @cyogalife 🔀 #Lotus or #Padmasana in Side Shoulderstand or #ParsvaSarvangasana 💊🏁🏔
Time to work on Shoulderstand for the next couple of days! I love this #inversion family because, even though it doesn’t get as much spotlight as Handstands, Forearmstands or Headstands, you can still reap the benefits from being upside down in a friendly, almost therapeutic way. Granted that this particular version is not THAT therapeutic so, before attempting it, make sure balancing on the shoulders is comfortable and the neck feels alright. For those with tightness in those areas, try placing 1-2 thick blankets under the shoulder line, to make more room in the cervical region but, in any case, remember to keep pressing, with the top of the blades, into the ground, to avoid dumping extra weight into that sensitive area. I’d also recommend to warm up the wrists prior to this as well as do a few (small) backbends, like Bridge, and a few twists & lateral stretches because, the more you’re able to ‘turn’ your Lotus to the side, the lighter you’ll feel. The leg fold will help with that too but, if your knees bother you, do Half Lotus instead. You can enter this from the ground up (Bridge for instance) or, from Shoulderstand, resting gradually the weight. I prefer this last option so, as you hold Sarvangasana, turn the hips 30-45 to the left, place the left palm under the sacrum, fingers pointing out, like you’re about to hold a heavy tray, align wrist on top of its elbow, then lean more and more weight onto it until you feel the legs can ‘unfold’ and extend out (or keep the Lotus and ‘drop it’ away from the torso). At this point it’s important to puff the ribcage some more and bring closer the sternum towards the chin (it’ll help you to continue to drop the legs). Press the other arm into the ground to counterbalance, go only as far as you can still recover and come out smoothly. More ideas to attempt coming up tomorrow. Stay tuned and good luck!!