Now, on to the next pose(s) and the variations I’m trying: Padangushthasana and Pada Hastasana.
This may be boring and obvious, but here goes:
- As with all parts of both Suryas, I’m focused on keeping my legs straight to isolate my hamstrings as much as possible. Trying to push through the big toes to encourage internal rotation of my legs is key.
- I am not reaching for my toes and not going anywhere near putting my padas under my hastas (TM — Tim Miller). I’ve got my hands about mid-calf.
- I’m constantly fighting the feeling that I’m rocking back on my heels.
- While I’m trying to keep things simple, this is a pose where the bandhas are important. As some commenters on this series of posts have noted, stretching the way I am — legs so rigidly straight — can be tough on the lower back. Ensuring there’s support in the core, I’m finding (no surprise), is key.
- I’m staying folded forward for 10 breaths — but not moving from one “pose” to another.
I bet you can guess which pose comes next.
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