Monday, 18 April 2016

Beginners' peak pose yoga practice - Dancer

Dancer is an energise pose that also helps to correct upper and lower body posture faults.  It stretches the hamstrings at the back of the thigh and the quadricep muscles at the front of the thigh.  Both of these muscles can become tight with for example sitting at a desk for long periods.  By opening the chest, Dancer pose encourages deeper breathing which helps relieve stress and fatigue.  Dancer also improves balance.

Dancer pose requires openness in the shoulders and hips, and leg strength and flexibility and these are the focus of our preparation for Dancer in this week's video.  We practice Dancer using a wall initially to become familiar with the pose without being too focused on balance at first.  When you move away from the wall, it is useful in balances to find a drishti, a gaze point - it really does help you balance!!

If you are interested in the story behind Dancer pose, please see 'Yoga Myths and Legends- Dancer Pose'-

Please see my video on my YouTube Channel-'Beginners' peak pose yoga practice - Dancer'-

Janet x

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