My fascination with shoulder opening continues this week with a series of bound arm postures. These are traditional standing/seated poses that use a strap to bind the arms behind the back. Focus is placed on shoulder extension and internal rotation to counter last week's focus on flexion and external rotation, enjoy!
Tadasana w/ Reverse Anjali Mudra
Stand with arms at sides in internal rotation, palms facing out. Bring palms together behind back and turn hands so that fingers are facing upwards. Press thumb side of hands into back and try to keep heels of hands together. If this is too difficult, grasp opposite forearms. Hold 5 breaths, then release.
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.