Today's Daily Tip
The Secret to Better Arm Balances?
MALASANA (Garland Pose)
Before you start, look at this photo of Malasana and see how clearly the pose's shape resembles Bakasana. The calves and thighs are folded together, the thighs and torso are folded together, and the back is rounded gracefully. Essentially, Malasana is Bakasana, just with a different arm position.
Begin in a standing position, then bring the insides of your feet together and bend your knees deeply into a squat. If possible, bring your heels to the floor; if not, it's OK for them to lift. Allow your knees to separate slightly wider than your shoulders and lower your torso between your legs. Deepen the pose by sliding your armpits down the shins. To maintain the even, graceful arc of your back, situate yourself so that your tailbone and the crown of your head are equidistant from the floor. Be aware that you may need to lean fairly far forward to find this balance.
Now tuck your arms under the front of your shins and slide them behind your hips, with your palms facing the ceiling. Gently hug your knees into your side ribs, soften the muscles of your back, and settle into your breath. As you relax into the pose, allow your body to get used to its shape.!--page-->