Sunday, 1 November 2015

Yoga myths and legends- Dancer Pose

Dancer Pose is a representation of the Hindu god Shiva, (the god of destruction) as the cosmic dancer.  He is often depicted in a ring of flames. He dances with one foot raised, the other foot on the demon of ignorance and destruction while he both destroys and creates the universe. For this task he holds a drum in his right hand which represents the sound of the universe. In his left hand he holds flames symbolising destruction.

To practice Dancer Pose stand with the feet slightly apart and find a gaze point,a drishti. Take your weight into your right foot and raise your right arm. Bend your left knee and take hold of the outside of your left foot or your left ankle. Use a belt looped around your foot if you cannot reach. For a different stretch on your shoulder hold the inside of your foot or ankle. This may be your pose or if you can press your raised foot up and back as you hinge forward from the groin. Inhale to come back to an upright position, exhale as you take your foot back down to the mat. To modify practice with a wall, bringing your raised hand to the wall as you hinge forward.
Repeat second side.

Dancer Pose strengthens the legs, stretches the hamstrings and quadriceps, stretches the shoulders and opens the chest.  

Please see also 'Yoga legends-Lord of the Fishes Pose'-

'Yoga myths and legends-Bow Pose'-

'Yoga myths and legends-Eagle Pose'-

'Yoga myths and legends- Warrior Pose'-

'Yoga myths and legends- Lion Pose'-

Janet x

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