Set yourself up at a wall for these preparatory poses that will get you ready for Ardha Chandrasana, or Half Moon pose.
Stand with feet wide apart, slightly narrower than your regular Triangle stance. Turn left out to 90 degrees and right foot in 30 degrees. Hold a block in the left hand and place the right hand on your right hip. Press into the left leg and lift the right leg behind you as you place the block on the floor to the outside of the left pinkie toe far enough in front of the foot so that the right torso stays long. As the block lands, try to straighten the standing leg. Then lower the back leg and lift the block to come back up to the starting position. Try 3-5 times on one side, then switch.
*This exercise will allow you to gain the strength and confidence to come into Half Moon Pose during next week's class.
Find stability in the pelvis and openness in the torso to approach this intermediate-level standing twist.
This week's class is part one in a two part series of preparing the spine and hips for Parvrita Trikonasana.
Gate pose, or Parighasana, is a kneeling posture with many of the same effects as Triangle pose. It stretches the inner thigh and hamstring, as well as lengthening the sides of the torso. Set yourself up at a wall for this practice.
I attend Cheryl's class regularly and feel that my practice has improved immensely over the past few years due to her expert coaching. Her teaching style is clear and compassionate and her previous experience in teaching adults is evident in her organized approach and easy to understand instructions. I also appreciate that Cheryl not only teaches us about how to correctly position ourselves, but also touches on many aspects of yoga philosophy, which in turn has deepened my personal practice and heightened my awareness of the connection between mind and body, breath and relaxation.