⚖️👑🤸🏻♀️Day 1️⃣7️⃣ of #BalanceKingdom with @cyogalab ↪️#PasasanaPrep ⚖️👑🤸🏻♀️Ah, my old nemesis -- #NoosePose. Could it possibly sound any less appealing, though? This #asana will help with warming up your spine, shoulders, calves, quads, toes, stretch out your Achilles’ tendons and soles of your feet, and, of course, test your balance! I’ve never been able to get my heels within the same zip code as the floor, so if you’re also finding that your heels float and its interfering with your balance, grab a blanket or cushion to rest your heels on. Start in a squat, and just like you would in a #SideChair, hook your left elbow outside your right thigh, working your thigh as high up the arm as possible. Align your elbows and wrists in a straight line, and press your palms together; for an extra challenge, look up! Do your best to keep your knees and big toes together – zip everything into your midline as you continue to twist. As I mentioned earlier this month, it’s important to maintain the integrity of the “seat” of any twist, and once again the seat is the actual seat (your hips), so ensuring the knees stay together keeps the base of twist stable for your spine to move freely. Now, I know I give this piece of advice a lot, but only because it’s basically always applicable: be sure to breathe, even in Noose pose! As the name implies, it’s no easy feat to take a deep breath, but not only is it massively beneficial to attempt to breathe deeply while in an intense twist, it can also help you go much deeper. Every time you take a full breath, as you exhale, deepen the twist progressively, and notice how much further you can go when you allow the breath to be your ally, helping you go deeper, rather than something you struggle against. Keep up the fantastic work – this challenge has been a blast so far, I’ve loved seeing all of your posts and unique “twists” (pun intended)!
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