Bakasana: Practice Tip


Last week teaching Bakasana in one of my classes I received the question of how to prevent the knees slipping off the upper arms while in the pose.

After acknowledging the validity of the question I answered with another question.

 

Q: How do you end up with a million dollars making and selling your own wine?

A: Start with two million.

 

Start with the knees, as high as possible, up on your upper arms… and in fact, the best would be sticking them right up into your armpits.

So if they slide you still can stop them somewhere on the upper arms before they say good bye to the elbows.

That way you are still a millionaire… you are still in the pose.

But remember, you have already lost a million, switch on your core muscles… don’t become bankrupt.

Bakasana: Yoga in Daily Life

Practice:
Breathing normally place the hands in front of the knees on the floor with fingers pointing forwards.
>Raise the buttocks up high, tuck the toes under and bend the elbows slightly. Place the knees on the upper arms as close as possible to the elbows. Tilt the head slightly back.
>Slowly bend forward and transfer the bodyweight forward until feet lift from the floor. Bring the heels towards the buttocks and balance the body’s weight on the arms.
>Remain motionless in this posture for as long as possible.
>Slowly return to the starting position.

Benefits:
Helpful in relieving depression. Lifts blood pressure and promotes physical as well as spiritual balance. The Asana strengthens arm, shoulder and pelvic muscles and stabilises the shoulder, elbow and wrist joints.

Caution:
Avoid this Asana with high blood pressure, cerebrovascular disorders or problems of the wrists or elbows.

Learn more from Yoga in Daily Life the System > here

So much can be learnt from practical guidance from your teacher. You are encouraged to practice at your own pace but always feel free to ask any questions or request extra assistance. 




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