Upward Facing Dog
What is the difference between cobra pose or bhujangasana, and upward facing dog, or urdhva mukha svanasana? They are both prone back bends that utilize support from the arms to raise the torso away from the floor. They both use strong activation of the lower body in order to keep the lumbar spine lengthened. They also both require that the shoulders are grounded down the back so we do not inadvertently hand on these already overworked joints. This week we will explore this powerful spinal extension and ways to approach it to make the alignment seem second nature.
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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.