Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Beginners' peak pose yoga practice - Half Lord of the Fishes

Please see the video on my YouTube Channel-
'Beginners' yoga peak pose practice - Half Lord of the Fishes'-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq0Z6kn4zKg

Half Lord of the Fishes is a seated twist which opens the shoulders and hips and releases tension in the lower back.  Twist poses stimulate digestion and elimination.  According to BKS Iyengar's 'squeeze and soak' theory, twists 'wring out' the abdominal organs and then as you release the twist, the abdominal organs receive a fresh supply of oxygenated blood.  

In our yoga video we start by warming up the neck and shoulders before working on the flexibility of the spine.  The neck is the most mobile part of the spine so you should take care when practicing the pose not to overstrain the neck.  We also work on opening the hips and preparing for the seated twist with a twist in Cat pose and a twist in lunge pose.  Making space in the spine before twisting is important to facilitate the twist and avoid injury - we do this in Swan pose and in a standing forward bend.  In standing forward bends the weight of the head (around 12lb) helps open up the spine. 

When we come to the final pose, I show you how to modify if the final pose is not accessible to you. Modifications have all the benefits of the full pose so it is not worth staining to achieve the 'perfect' pose. In fact, if you strain into a pose, you will lose all the benefits of that pose.

If you are interested in the legend associated with Half Lord of the Fishes please see 'Yoga legends-Lord of the Fishes'-http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/yoga-legends-lord-of-fishes.html

Janet x

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