Vyaghrasana: Tiger Pose
Vyaghrasana is a great core-strengthening pose in preparation for your practice. Lift your belly and hover opposite arm and leg to feel the foundational core strengthening for balancing and back bending poses.
- Blanket: For tender knees, place a blanket on the ground to add extra cushion.
- Wrist adjustment: For tender wrists, place your fist on the ground rather than a flat palm.
- Balance challenge: Lift and extend the corresponding arm and leg rather than the opposite.
- Begin in table top pose in the center of your mat, with hips directly over knees and shoulders over wrists.
- Keep your gaze down, neck in a neutral position.
- Shift your weight to your left hand and slowly extend your right hand forward, thumb toward the ceiling.
- Lift your naval up away from the ground and extend your right leg behind you, starting with toes touching the ground.
- Gently lift your right toes off the ground, extending the ball mound of your foot behind you.
- Draw your shoulder blades down your back and keep your hips level.
- Hold for 3-5 breaths then return to table top. Repeat on the other side.
- Vyaghra = tiger
- Asana = pose
- Stabilizes core muscles
- Prepares the body for backbends
- Can help improve balance
- Can help improve mental focus
- Thought to engage the solar plexus chakra
Paschimottanasana: Seated Forward Bend Pose
Paschimottanasana (POSH-ee-moh-tan-AHS-ah-nah) invites space to the hamstrings and lower back as well as the mind. While there’s no need to touch your toes in this pose, practicing regularly can help lengthen the muscles in the legs and back to encourage flexibility and ease.
Philosophy + Origin
Paschimottanasana is one of the earliest-known yoga postures, dating back to the Yoga Pradipika. This pose is commonly known as seated forward bend or seated forward fold, but is also referred to as the stretch of the West, referring to the back side of the body.