This seated twist involves stretching the torso in several directions at once, it is a forward fold and twist.
Continuing our exploration of hip and groin opening, this week we add Revolved Head of the Knee pose with is a seated twist, side bend and forward bend.
Deep hip and groin opening prepare us for squatting, or malasana, and we will work on various ways to be comfortable in the position.
Set yourself up at a wall for week two of our exploration of Ardha Chandrasana, 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
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.