Finding Joy in Movement

Astavakrasana/ Eight Angle Pose

Start in Tadasana with the feet about a foot apart. With the knees slightly bend, bend down and work the left shoulder as far underneath the left leg as you can. The higher the knee is on the shoulder, the better. Place the left hand to the outside of the left foot from behind and the right hand to the outside of the right foot from in front.

Bending the knees even more, lean forward to bring the torso parallel to the floor. Begin to transfer weight onto the hands. As the feet gently lift off the floor, cross the right foot over the left. Lift the torso up slightly and begin to extend the legs over to the left. As the legs go to the left, bend the elbows to the sides and lean the torso forward. Since the legs are moving to the left, you will need to lean the torso slightly to the right to counterbalance. The right shoulder will most likely drop a bit, which is fine, but dropping it too much can make it difficult to hold the balance. Try and squeeze the legs into the left upper arm and use this leverage to rotate the torso slightly back to the right.

Hold for at least 20-30 seconds, then repeat on the second side.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you or see you at one of my classes!

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