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very good explanation

Deb Edwards

Great explanation. I always put a blanket under my hip when I don't get my hips square and students never want to do it, like a sign of weakness or something. Thank you for the back leg tips also. I love yoga journals explanation of the asanas and the anatomy behind them.


Wow! This is a great article.


Which side we should do first? Right or Left?
is this order important?


Thank you for your precise, clear writing.


I do not know if you have a hip injury....but "cradle the baby" is a good prep. Sit in Dandasana, bend your right knee and rotate it out to the side like for Janu Sirsasana. Grab hold of your shin with both hands (palms under shin) and pull it toward your chest. Root your tailbone and lengthen the spine. Flex your foot and try to keep it from sickling. From here, you can experiment with moving the foot farther over to the left and see if it changes the stretch. If the shin is only a few inches from the chest, then wrap your arms around your leg, like your shin is a baby. The taller you sit, the better the stretch.

Ray Tetrault

What's the name of the pose on p. 9 (the Fila commercial)?


i need to do more yoga but i can't find any


What poses can I do to prepare my hips for this? My right hip has made it so difficult to do this. I practice on my own and that's the one place I seem to be unable to flex.

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