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Kasia is a corporate gal who loves to hop into Crow Pose as soon as she gets off work and onto her yoga mat. She especially loves hot vinyasa yoga. With a background in Political Science and Communications, Catherine loves to be loud and uses quotes for advice. Take for example: “Let your love be so big and pure that it shifts the energy in the room.”
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How many times have you heard your yoga instructor say, “Move through your flow,” or “Take a vinyasa,” or “Chaturanga, up dog, down dog”?
You know the basic movement, but Chaturanga is a foundational yoga pose that can certainly use some breaking down.
Chaturanga is often part of a “vinyasa” or “flow” that yogis do on the way back to Downward Dog. It can also make a cameo in advanced sun salutations. It is a transitional pose and one with the most common mistakes seen by teachers – often, students tend to skip the low pushup and move right through to Upward Facing Dog. But this pose is not an ordinary push-up . . .
Benefits of Chaturanga:
Remember! Chaturanga is not a push-up and requires different alignment and muscle group focus. It is so important to maintain proper alignment to avoid wrist pain and shoulder injuries.
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Engage all your muscles
Pause and hold
Practicing Chaturanga correctly requires an understanding of the proper alignment. Although the pose demands strength, you can’t simply conquer it through sheer force and muscular effort.
Let go of the desire for outcomes and focus on the present moment instead. The essence of Chaturanga is demonstrated in your ability to flow with all of life’s challenges, both on and off the mat. Once you are in the flow, you will find true power in the pose.
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