Urdhva Dhanurasana Weekly Intermediate Class 130

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Focus

This class explores a few different methods for practicing the pose urdhva dhanurasana. When learning this pose it is important to experience several different approaches. For different people and different bodies the benefits of each of these approaches will vary. Once a particular method has proven to be helpful it is often a good idea to stay with it. One very common problem to arise with this pose is the feeling of not being strong enough to lift up from the floor. Whilst lack of strength might be an issue for some people, difficulty aligning the arms, shoulders and shoulder blades into a position where skeletal strength can be utilised is often more of a problem. Urdhva dhanurasana is not a pose that responds well to the use of brute muscular strength. With this in mind, some of the variations included in this class focus on more subtle points of alignment to help create space for your shoulders which assists you in extending your arms. Once this has been created, a sense of lightness can often be brought to the pose. Although potentially challenging in the beginning urdhva dhanurasana is a very popular pose amongst many yoga practitioners. It fosters feelings of energy, vitality and optimism and hence can be a very helpful pose to include regularly in your home yoga practice.

Key Poses

Urdhva dhanurasana.

Equipment

Mat, Chair, 2 blocks, 2 bolsters, blanket.

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