How-To Yoga Videos

Sphinx Pose

  1. Begin on belly with feet hips distance apart and forearms parallel and slightly ahead of the ribs
  2. Hands and elbows should be shoulder distance apart, with the elbows a very small amount in front of the shoulders
  3. Extend the big toes straight back and press down with all ten toenails to activate the quadriceps
  4. Spin the inner thighs to the ceiling (tobroaden the lower back) while firming the outer ankles into the midline (to prevent feet from sickling)
  5. Isometrically pull back with the forearms in order to draw the chest forward
  6. Coil the thoracic spine, pressing it towards the sternum to open the chest from behind
  7. Keep the back of the neck long and emphasize lifting the sternum vs lifting the chin
  8. Use exhales to press down with tops of feet and inhales to lift and open the chest
  9. Hold for anywhere from several breaths to a minute