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Sequancing to work deaper into poses (Hip opening sequance)

robert

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I did a sequence in class that caught my interest,  running through a similar sequence twice both times resulting in a 'side angle namaste twist', but gradually increasing it's intensity by changing which leg is forward while twisting in the same direction. The sequence:

1: Down dog, step through (left), crescent lunge, twist to the right with hands in namaste with arm on shin

2: Down dog, step through (right), crescent lunge, twist to the right with hands in namaste with arm on shin

3: Repeat opposite

I find this interesting as it may deepen the second round pose by doing a weaker variation first, preparing the body.




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oh! I'm glad you brought this up, because I nearly topple over when we skip the "easier" variation first and do the opposite leg twist (it's easier for me to think of #2 as left arm on right shin and #1 as left arm on left shin, but I think I translated it correctly, now!).

For me, when I do #2, thinking of "scissoring" my legs together helps engage my inner thighs to better balance.  But, I still wobble a whole bunch, and, it is so hard for me to rotate / twist!  Do people have other suggestions on getting deeper / more grounded in this sequence?

On a side note, I would also suggest a variation on the namaste hands that puts less pressure on the wrists is to make a fist with the bottom hand and cover it with the top arm. However,  need to make sure the fist and wrist are aligned, not bent.  I was still pushing my fist perpendicular to my arm until my teacher pointed it out, so, another place to be mindful about for me!

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Pulling the feet together is the only thing I'm aware of, it increases the stability for me although I'm still pretty wobbly in crescent lunge and the above mentioned twists.

I'm unable to visualise what you are describing in your namaste alternative.

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I'm usually wobbly in crescent lunge the first few times. I enjoy the #2 option listed. At my gym they call it a prayer twist, I don't know if that's the proper name or not. Yogafire maybe trying to pull your front foot and rear foot together would stabilize you a bit?

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I'm unable to visualise what you are describing in your namaste alternative.

I'll take a picture to demonstrate and edit this post on Tuesday! I tried finding some images, but, it appears it's not that common in yoga and more of a modification in fitness classes?  But I've had two yoga teachers teach it this way instead of prayer, so, completely up to what feels good for you!

Thanks for the tips!

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Long overdue, but, I finally did a home practice today and took these pics just for you. :D I realized that most instruct the gaze to be toward the sky, but, that is too much for my neck right now (and I had the opportunity to add facial expressions!).

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