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My teacher recommended placing a blocking underneath the butt because of the tendency to fall backwards. The block was too unstable for me so I tried the wall instead. I positioned two blocks about six inches away from the wall for my hands, got up in the pose, and then used the wall to stabilize myself. It worked great! Several of the other students in my class tried it too and they found it very helpful.


Shannon, I would suggest using two hard blocks to rest your hands on so they can reach.


I was able to do this pose for the first time today! I could never get my hands all the way down before, as Shannon mentioned. I think the trick that worked for me today was threading one arm back at a time and really making sure it is as far back as you can get it (up on your shoulder) before moving to thread the other arm. I've been afraid before that I would hurt my wrists, but this time it worked and I got my hands flat. Good luck!


I can do this, but never with my hands all the way down into the ground! I just end up pushing with my fingers, which gets very uncomfortable very fast. Just have to keep practicing I guess. Does anyone know how to help with that?


I wish this and other poses had the pronunciation with them.... some do, some dont


In Astanga yoga you are asked to touch your head to the floor after 5 breaths in this posture, come back into again by lifting up. To come out of this pose by Bakasana then jumping back into chataronga.
Can you talk me through the steps for this?

I need to understand the step by step mechanics in order to achieve a posture and this one is really stumping me! I keep falling backwards when I attempt to bring my knees back around into Bakasana. I suffer from arthritis in my wrists and I am wondering if this is what is stopping me or is it something entirely different?


I love these instructions - they made a lot of sense and really helped me get into this pose for the first time (with a lot of prior stretching first). I feel great, and not half as achey as I did when I woke up this morning. Thank you.

maille weaver

ow! that hurt,gonna go see a video.i probably did it wrong :(


I feel like a pretzel!


i agree with the video idea, my first thought as i began to read the directions was to utube this pose and see what came up!

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