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John: Breathe during the whole pose, exhale on the roll down. :)

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Never hold your breathe. Scoliosis means you really need to lengthen your spine to help avoid crunching or injury; be sure you have a knowledgeable teacher, too. Legs should always hug towards the midline, but they don't 'touch' because then you wouldn't be using your leg muscles evenly.


Do i have to hold breath for the time in the pose. Or can i breath during the pose and only make sure to exhale while coming out of the pose.


Sorry. Could you say, how should I do this pose with scoliosis? Just the same instructions?


should the pose with feet together.. as my feet wl wide apart when i lift my legs up


Always rotate the inner groins towards the back. That is a solid rule for all yoga poses. If you rotate the thighs in the other direction, you will compress the lower spine. So both instructions could be correct if you say to rotate the frontal thighs in or the back thighs out but it is generally easier for us to connect with the front side of our body. The confusion can be corrected by working the inner groins.


I think this web is great. The descriptions about the postures, all the references are really helpful, but I wonder where I can find references to drishtis to the postures...



The correct Sanskrit word is "Shalabhasana".
Shalaba means Butterfly.


In the deepen the pose section... I have seen the variations where the feet are extended all of the way over your head, but have been unable to accomplish this. Does anyone have some tips for me?

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