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Posts Tagged ‘prone poses’

Outside Yoga – Easier Said Than Done

Posted by terrepruitt on May 23, 2015

I decided to go outside today to do some asana.  I needed to get some sun on my hair because yesterday I put developer on it.  I thought that I could get two things done at the same time:  sun on my hair and yoga practice.  Usually I think to do this when it is way too hot and my preparation for going outside takes longer than I actually last outside.  Today, I kept that in mind.  But I could tell there was a breeze outside, so I thought it would be ok.  Also, it was the latter part of the day so the sun wouldn’t be beating down on me directly or for that long.  So, I went outside.  I had a list of yoga poses that I was going to do.  It went pretty well, except for a few things.

The list starts out with standing poses.  I realized that our windows would serve as a mirror in case I wanted to do some X-Ray Anatomy and check my alignment.  Both proper alignment and improper alignment.  Sometimes it is helpful for me to do the pose incorrectly so I can sense it and see it, and then teach to it better.  So, the reflection was great today.

But . . . . my mat got hot.  I would move to step into a pose and the mat was too hot.  I could stay, it cooled down eventually, but it would leave my foot burning.  A distraction I decided I didn’t want after a few poses.  So I got a towel.  Ok.  Solved that little issue.

I did good on the standing poses.  I was aware of the unhappy birds.  I would see one come flying into the yard, and swoop out.  I figured they had their eyes on the feeder and were heading in then they saw me and would pull up at the last minute.  There was a bunch of tweeting, chittering, and squawking going on.  I even managed to stay in Anjaneyasana longer than I intended.  I was just about to move out of it when two little birds landed close to me.  One on the bird bath and the other on the brass ornament we have out there.  I stayed because I didn’t want to move and scare them.  This was a momentary distraction.  But I managed to stay pretty much focused.

The list of asana, then goes over some prone poses.  Again, not too bad.  I was able to ignore the bugs crawling around on the ground, while I was on my belly. . . for the most part.  They were just ants.  I was even so focused that I only allowed the multitude of strawberries to distract me for a moment.  There are A LOT of strawberries out there.  So tiny and bright red!

Then I got to the supine poses.  As I was lying there looking up at the sky I noticed the wispy clouds.  So I just stayed there a moment in Supta Baddha Konasana looking at them.  As I watched they disappeared.  I thought, “Well, that was so pretty, but I better get back to my poses.”  Then I realized I could just stay in the Reclined Bound Angle and enjoy the sky for a bit.  So I did.  Then a cloud started to form and I thought, “Ooooo, what a cool video that would make.”  So I jumped up to get my phone.  I came back to my mat and got back into the pose and waited.  Then I felt like I really wasn’t doing yoga or getting the point to it, if I were in a pose but holding my camera.  So I put it down.  I finished my list with focus.

THEN, I shot more video.

I am gonna share, you might not be able to appreciate the beauty of the day, but perhaps.  The first one might even be able to be used as a little respite from a busy day.

The other two are me just pointing the camera in the general direction of the bird.  I couldn’t actually see what I was videoing because of the sun.  But it turns out in the second one, I actually captured the hummingbird on top of the stand.  You MIGHT be able to see him.  Then he flies toward the lemon tree, I think he was not happy that he had not intimidated me enough to go away.  Then he flew off in a huff!  Or he could have been upset because I moved one of the feeders.

I enjoyed my yard and got some yoga in.  Oh, and let’s not forget, hopefully the sun helped my dingy hair color!  Hopefully you will enjoy a bit of my yard, too.

Do you ever manage to get any yoga done outside?



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Bend Like The Snake

Posted by terrepruitt on December 12, 2013

I was talking to a friend after Nia class recently and I don’t even know how we got to this but she said the main difference between Up Dog and Cobra was the feet.  I just looked at her a smiled.  Since I didn’t reply she went on to explain how the feet are this way in that pose and that way in this pose and still I just smiled.  If you research any pose in a book, on the internet, in a class, with a teacher, with another yogi you are probably going to get a different answer on how to do it.  I am finding that just like with so many things you are going to find a lot of different – and often conflicting information.  I am thinking that as yoga has become more “main stream” and available to more people it has morphed — a lot.  So while I was not familiar with the feet being different in Up Dog and Corbra I didn’t want to tell her that what she was saying was incorrect because she could have learned it differently or be doing a different version or modification than what I do or what I am familiar with.  As we talked she concluded for herself that she thinks she was thinking the feet positions were different because of the pose before or the one after.  So she could just be thinking of her feet in terms of another pose.  Seems as if the Upward Facing Dog or Up Dog and the Cobra are sometimes called the same thing or thought of as interchangeable.  I view them and I do them as two different poses.  This post is focusing on Cobra.

With both poses you start on your belly.  With Up Dog your hands are below your body, in line with your shoulders.  With Corbra, when your body is extended, your hands are forward of your body.

Cobra / Bhujangasana, you lie on your stomach.  Your legs are stretched out behind you.  The tops of your feet are on the earth.  Place your palms on the earth a bit forward of your shoulders.  The starting position of the hands are the staying position.  The hands do not move.  So they start a little forward of the shoulders. When you are ready you push gently down with your pelvis and pushup with your arms.  Think of a cobra.  Think of how they raise themselves off of the ground, they don’t have any arms.  So let the power come from your back.  Your arms are holding and supporting.

As with so many poses continue to keep your shoulders down, the blades back. The neck is lengthening.  Keep the space open between your shoulders and your ears.  No scrunching or hunching.  The arms do not necessarily straighten in Cobra.  They are not bent and with elbows resting on the ground as with Sphinx, but they are bent.  For a bigger stretch in the back you can straighten your arms, but since the power and energy are coming primarily from the back, straight arms are not necessary.

Your legs remain together.  With firm thighs and glutes.  Toes are pointed away from you.

(11/17/21: Click Picturing Cobra And Updog for a picture.)

Hold this pose until your body says stop and repeat.  Remember to breathe, allow your breath to flow easily.  This pose strengthens the back and arms.  It opens the front of the body.  It is a great stress reliever.

This pose is similar to Updog, but it is different.  It is primarily the placement of the arms and where the energy comes from.  Corbra has arms forward and power comes from the back.

Are you a fan of the Cobra pose?

Some Benefits Of Doing Back Bends

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