Challenge Pose: Krounchasana (Heron Pose)

Powerfully stretch and strengthen your legs and turn your consciousness inward as you move step by step into Krounchasana.
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Powerfully stretch and strengthen your legs and turn your consciousness inward as you move step by step into Krounchasana.

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Powerfully stretch and strengthen your legs and turn your consciousness inward as you move step by step into Krounchasana.

Benefits
Stretches and strengthens the muscles of the legs; invigorates the abdominal organs while quieting and calming the mind

Tip: Stay safe

Your body speaks to you constantly. Although it is always important to be alert to what it says, pay exquisite attention when moving in ways that test your limits. Your knees and back can be particularly vulnerable in Krounchasana. To protect your back, continuously lengthen your spine upward. To protect your knees, set your pride and ambition aside and take support from props until you no longer need it. Ahimsa (nonharming) is the cornerstone of every yoga practice, so respect the shouts, sighs, and whispers your body sends.

About Our Pro
Teacher and model John Schumacher is the founder and director of Unity Woods Yoga Center, serving the Washington, DC, area since 1979. He studied with B.K.S. Iyengar for 33 years and was certified by him as an Advanced Teacher. In his 43 years of teaching, Schumacher has taught teachers and students worldwide. His clear, precise teaching style and engaging sense of humor challenge and inspire students to move beyond their imagined limits.